Shoshana Hebshi, a half-Jewish, half-Arab woman from Ohio is suing Frontier Airlines, the FBI, TSA and other governmental agencies after she says she was forced off a flight, strip-searched, and imprisoned on the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.

On September 11, 2011, 36-year-old Hebshi – whose mother is Jewish and father is Saudi – says a security official aimed a gun at her and forced her to disembark a flight from Denver to Detroit after two South-Asian men seated next to her made repeated trips to the bathroom during the flight, raising suspicion amongst fellow travelers.

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Hebshi said she was ordered to put her dead down and arms out, and was removed by officials in handcuffs, being taken to a “dirty cell” at Detroit Metro Airport where she was held for over four hours, including a strip search during which she was made to stand spread eagle and cough.

The two other men – who did not know each other – were ultimately released after undergoing similar circumstances.

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Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

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