Every so often, a Muslim is removed from a flight because the person posed an imaginary threat that had more to do with Islamophobia than terrorism, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says.

CAIR says recent terror attacks and the debate over immigration during this year's presidential campaign have contributed to a sharp increase in the number of such "flying while Muslim" bias incidents this year.

The civil rights organization's attorneys then file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation, asking for an investigation and potential sanctions against the airline.

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