Shocking footage has emerged of an airline employee berating a Muslim traveler for delaying a flight, despite him trying to explain he was forced to strip naked by security at an Israeli airport.
The man was trying to fly from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport to Newark, New Jersey, on United’s UA91 when he claims he was selected for additional screening at security.
In a video, posted to TikTok, the man is seen being escorted to his plane’s gate by a woman. It is not clear who the woman works for.
As the clip begins, the pair appear to be clashing over the way the woman is speaking to him.
The airline worker appeared agitated as she walked the man to his gate
In a heated exchange, the woman tells him 300 passengers are waiting for him
His attempts to tell her that he was delayed at security go unheard
‘Have some respect,’ he says, before she yells back to him: ‘I’m speaking to you.’
‘How dare you speak to me in that manner,’ he tells her.
Video shows the pair walking through duty-free together, locked in a heated exchange about him causing a delay.
‘Three hundred people are waiting for you. Please stop talking and board the plane,’ she says.
‘Tell Israel that, why did they detain me?’ he asks. ‘It’s not my fault,’ he says.
The woman continues to speak to him in an agitated tone, prompting him to ask: ‘Ma’am, why are you speaking to me in that way,’ he asks.
He looks slightly more relieved to be walking onto the plane
As he finally takes his seat, he is overwhelmed and begins to break down
‘Which way? I asked you to go on board because 300 passengers are waiting for you.
‘Do you know they made me get naked?’ he says.
‘That’s not me, I’m not the security,’ she says.
Eventually the man is handed over to another employee who checks his ticket and he makes his way down the air-bridge and onto the plane.
As he walks on, all of the other passengers are already in their seats.
‘Guys, I’m sorry, it’s not my fault. They held me in security, I apologize, they held me in security. They made me get naked. I’m sorry, but it was not my fault.
‘Just because I’m a Muslim, that’s the truth.’
After he takes his seat, he breaks down in tears.
Another person is heard telling him: ‘I’m sorry you had a hard time in security.’
The video has been viewed more than 2.4 million times and garnered more than 8,000 comments, with many echoing her sentiment.
The man was trying to leave Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv
‘I’m so sorry this happened to you,’ one person wrote.
‘They’re so rude and disrespectful shame on them,’ someone else said.
‘I’m so sorry for your traumatic experience. Thank you for bringing attention to this serious injustice. It’s very upsetting how they treated you,’ another wrote.
‘This broke me. So sorry the world is this way. That woman needs to get some discipline. She needs to get a grip & get over herself,’ a sympathetic viewer added.
DailyMail.com has contacted United and Ben Gurion Airport for comment.