Southwest Airlines apologized on Wednesday to a Muslim woman taken off one of the carrier's jets before a flight out of Lindbergh Field, due to concerns about a comment she made while awaiting takeoff.

Carmel Valley resident Irum Abassi, a graduate student at San Diego State University and mother of three, was wearing an Islamic head scarf when she was told Sunday that she had to leave the plane because a flight attendant considered her "suspicious."

At a Wednesday morning news conference, Abbasi said she believes she was discriminated against because she was wearing a traditional Islamic head scarf.

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