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A U.S. Airways Captain defended the actions of another pilot, three days after two imams were kicked off a flight bound for Charlotte.

Lawyers for Masudur Rahman and Mohamed Zaghloul said the imams were pulled off a plane in Memphis before it headed to Charlotte Friday. The lawyers said the pilot refused to fly with them on board. He said the men passed multiple security clearances before boarding a Delta connection flight operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines.

The imams said they were victims of racial profiling. On Sunday, Capt. James Ray, who represents the pilot's union for U.S. Airways, said it's highly unlikely the pilot asked them to leave for that reason.


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