Muhammad Ali Jr. Stopped At Airport — Again
Representatives for Muhammad Ali Jr. say the son of the boxing legend was stopped by airport security for an extended period of time, just a month after he was detained by immigration officials and questioned about his faith and name.
The delay occurred at Regan National Airport in Washington, D.C. on Friday. Ali’s state ID was rejected at the ticket counter, and he reportedly waited some twenty minutes until he gave his passport number to the Department of Homeland Security over the phone. Ali was also stopped at the TSA security checkpoint. Ali and his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the second wife of Muhammad Ali, were in town to testify before Congress about the importance of ending racial and religious profiling in policing.
The invitation to testify came after Ali was detained at the Fort Lauderdale airport by immigration services when returning from a trip to Jamaica last month. Ali says he was interrogated by immigration and customs officials for almost two hours, who repeated asked him about his name, his family, and his religion.
A TSA spokesperson rejected accusations that Ali was “detained” this time, saying the TSA does not have that authority, and Ali was free to leave at any time.