(WXYZ) - One of three people detained on a Frontier Airline’s flight from Denver to Detroit last Sunday on September 11th is speaking out.
Shoshana Hebshi from Ohio detailed her ordeal in a blog post on Monday. In it Hebshi recounts the shock and horror of being removed from the plane at gunpoint and then held by police and federal agents. Hebshi says the experience was degrading and humiliating.
“Silly me. I thought flying on 9/11 would be easy. I figured most people would choose not to fly that day so lines would be short, planes would be lightly filled and though security might be ratcheted up, we’d all feel safer knowing we had come a long way since that dreadful Tuesday morning 10 years ago. But then armed officers stormed my plane, threw me in handcuffs and locked me up.”
For hours Hebshi says she didn’t know what was going on.
“The cops brought us to a parked squad car next to the plane, had us spread our legs and arms. Mine asked me if I was wearing any explosives. ‘No,’ I said, holding my tongue to not let out a snarky response. I wasn’t sure what I could and could not say, and all that came out was ‘What’s going on?’”
Hebshi believes the incident may have been racially motivated.
"The three of us, two Indian men living in the Detroit metro area, and me, a half-Arab, half-Jewish housewife living in suburban Ohio, were being detained."
Hebshi was removed from the plane along with two other men on Sunday when Flight 623 landed. Security teams took the three into custody after someone reported suspicious activity. Witnesses told Action News (click here to see the story from Sunday) they saw the two men seated in the same row with Hebshi taking multiple trips to the bathroom.
FBI investigators determined one of the men seated with Hebshi was ill, which is why he was going back and forth to the lavatory. Hebshi and men did not know each other.
To read the rest of Hebshi’s blog click here .
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