A professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art has been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, among other charges, after being forcefully removed from a Southwest Airlines plane. The 46-year-old socio-cultural anthropology professor was asked to leave the flight after she reported having "a life-threatening allergy" of dogs. After the teacher refused to leave, she was forcefully removed by police.
Anila Daulatzai is now going viral after a passenger recorder her being pulled down the aisle by officers. According to the Baltimore Sun, the incident occurred on Tuesday, September 26, on "Flight 1525, which was set to depart Baltimore for Los Angeles about 8:40 p.m."
Daulatzai was arrested at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, and charged with a number of crimes. The Los Angeles Times reported that Daulatzai "was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct, failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order, disturbing the peace, obstructing and hindering a police officer and resisting arrest."
Anila Daulatzai yells "Don't touch me!" as one officer pulls her down the aisle, with her arms around her chest.
She had previously informed flight attendants about being "deathly ill" of dogs. Since she was unable to safety fly on the plane with a dog on-board (who is a certified service animal), she was asked to leave, but allegedly "refused to get off."
"There was one emotional support animal and one pet onboard the aircraft," the company said in a statement given to CBS. "Our policy states that a customer (without a medical certificate) may be denied boarding if they report a life-threatening allergic reaction and cannot travel safely with an animal onboard."
In the video, Daulatzai yells, "My dad has a surgery! What are you doing? I will walk off! Don't touch me! Don't touch me! You have ripped my pants off." According to CBS Baltimore, she also shouted, "I'm a professor! What are you doing?!
According to The Times, "Daulatzai was transported to the Anne Arundel County District Court, where she was released on her own recognizance...She had been removed from the plane at the request of its captain."
Bill Dumas, who recorded the incident on his cell phone, claims that Daulatzai was acting "odd" and that officers were only following protocol.
"She just lost control of the situation and she was way in over her head by the point that the police were trying to take her out," Dumas told CBS Baltimore. "It really looks like police were being overly aggressive, but really she wasn't giving them much of a choice."
Who is Anila Daulatzai?
She's a 46-year-old college professor, who specializes in researching violence and outlooks in war-torn countries, particularly in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She previously was assigned as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and Islamic Studies at Harvard Divinity School.
The Harvard Divinity School bio for Daulatzai reads, "Anila Daulatzai is a socio-cultural anthropologist with active research projects in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Her current interests primarily circulate around the themes of war and humanitarianism, as well as the related themes of violence and care."
Daulatzai is currently employed at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she teaches socio-cultural anthropology.
According to a bio posted by Harvard, Anila Daulatzai "is a socio-cultural anthropologist with active research projects in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Her current interests primarily circulate around the themes of war and humanitarianism, as well as the related themes of violence and care. She was trained at UCLA in Public Health and in Islamic Studies, and completed her PhD in Socio-cultural Anthropology in 2013 from the Johns Hopkins University."
The university bio reports, "Anila Daulatzai has educated students on three continents (North America, Europe and Asia). The scope of courses she has taught range from anthropology courses specifically on Afghanistan, critical humanitarianism, transnational migration, towards an anthropology of Islamophobia, critical public health and medical anthropology, and radical ethnography as social science research methodology. She has held teaching fellowships and teaching positions at the Johns Hopkins University in the USA, at Kabul University and at the American University of Afghanistan in Afghanistan, at the University of Zürich in Switzerland, and at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan."