The Norman Transcript

February 7, 2013

USAF vet bounced from flight

By Dan Holtmeyer
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — A Muslim U.S. Air Force veteran, who had trouble entering the country last year to visit his ailing mother, was barred Wednesday from boarding a flight in Oklahoma City to return to his home in Qatar.

Saadiq Long, an American citizen, said he attempted to board a Delta flight at Will Rogers World Airport but was denied a boarding pass.

“I think about three police officers arrived after that,” Long said.

Lt. Jay Barnett, a spokesman for the Oklahoma City Police Department, couldn’t confirm that police were sent to the scene but said officers assigned to the airport would be summoned for a security concern.

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