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Discrimination or Good Detection? Jackson, Michigan’s Connection to Tri-State Airport Turmoil

Posted by kinchendavid on August 19, 2006

By Tony Rutherford

Huntington News Network Writer

Huntington, WV  — “I hope she is fine. I’m really worried for her. She was all alone there and was not aware she was not supposed to carry cream or gel,” explained Mian Qayyum, the mother of Rima Qayyum, the 28-year-old pregnant woman who was detained at Tri-State Airport.

Rima Qayyum’s mother explained to WLIX News Thursday night, Aug. 17, 2006 that her daughter who holds a psychology degree had been in an abusive relationship and was trying to get home.

“She’s been targeted and humiliated,” said her father, Samia, who alleges that her ethnicity and head dress caused security officials to discriminate.

However, the Transportation Security Administration issued a statement Wednesday praising the action of its two employees when objects in her carry on luggage gave a positive indication for explosives. Later, bomb experts determined that the liquid was not an explosive, but they could not determine its ingredients.

Having been married a year, Rima Qayyum had worked as a middle school substitute teacher in Huntington.

At the time of the interview, Ms. Qayyum was scheduled to fly out of Tri-State Friday afternoon, Aug. 18 but confusion exists as to whether the airline or the FBI would not let her fly. An FBI agent indicated that the woman left via car for her home in Michigan Friday afternoon.

You can see and hear the interview with the woman’s parents by going to http://www.wilx.com and going to their “Coverage on Demand.” Or go to: http://www.wilx.com/news/headlines/3597131.html for a written story.

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