Muslims taken off AirTran jet for remarks
Nine Muslims who had borded an AirTran flight from Washington DC to Florida, were ordered off the plane after they had taken their seats, when passengers said they had heard what they called suspicious remarks.
Federal air marshals then came on to the plane and escorted the passengers off. Eight of them are US citizens and they were later given an apology and cleared for travel.
Shortly after taking their seats, they were approached by federal air marshals and taken off the plane for questioning, Irfan said.
Federal officials ordered the rest of the passengers from the plane and re-screened them before allowing the flight to depart about two hours behind schedule.
Mr Irfan said after his group was cleared by officials to travel, AirTran refused to put them on another flight and they were forced to rebook with another airline.
An Airtran statement said "we apologise to all of the passengers - to the nine who had to undergo extensive interviews from the authorities and to the 95 who ultimately made the flight,".
"We regret that the issue escalated to the heightened security it did," it added, but said "the steps taken were necessary."