Posted on June 24, 2016 in Press Releases


June 24, 2016


Media Advisory

Increase in Airline Passenger Discrimination Must Be Addressed

Briefing for Congressional Staffers Tackles How to End It

Washington, DC – On Tuesday, June 28, the Arab American Institute will hold a congressional briefing for Hill staffers at 10AM to discuss the recent increase in cases of airline passenger profiling and discrimination. The panel will also review concrete ways in which Congress can address the issue. Due to the early hour, coffee and pastries will be served.  

“These cases of arbitrary, humiliating and unjust treatment of airline passengers must be stopped. We have a situation now where anyone who ‘looks’ Arab, Muslim, Sikh, speaks Arabic or even tries to do complicated math, gets singled out for discrimination. Congress must hold airlines accountable,” said AAI Executive Director, Maya Berry.  


Panelists include:  

Arjun Singh, Director of Law and Policy at the Sikh Coalition 

Edward Ayoob, partner in the Federal Relations Group at Barnes & Thornburg LLP  

Brenda Abdelall, Charities Program Director at Muslim Advocates 

Nadia Aziz, Government Relations Manager, Arab American Institute


WHAT: congressional briefing to address airline passenger profiling

WHEN: Tuesday, June 28 2016; 10AM; coffee & pastries served.

WHERE: 2226 Rayburn House Office Building, Independence Ave, SW

RSVP: RSVP required to


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Founded in 1985, the Arab American Institute (AAI) is a nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent.  AAI provides policy, research and public affairs services to support a broad range of community activities. For more information, please visit