Published: Sun, March 12, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Boxer Ali's son detained at airport again

Boxer Ali's son detained at airport again

The son of the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali was detained by officials at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Friday.

According to Chris Mancini, Ali's lawyer, Ali was attempting to board a Jet Blue flight, but Department of Homeland Security officials detained him for about 20 to 25 minutes.

A law enforcement official told CBS News that Ali Jr. was detained for 57 minutes in the February 7 incident so that his identify and passport could be verified.

The Transport Security Administration has disputed Mr Mancini's version of events, saying in a statement that it did not have the authority to detain passengers.

As reported earlier by The Root, When they were stopped in February both Alis said they believe they were stopped due to their Muslim sounding names.

It is understood that while Muhammad Ali Jr was initially travelling from Jamaica back to the USA, of which there is no travel ban whatsoever to the U.S. from, that Ali Jr is also a United States citizen.

The TSA told the Louisville Courier Journal on Friday that Ali was not detained but that, after he walked to the check-in counter, "a call was made to confirm Mr. Ali's identity with TSA officials".

"The same state ID from IL that he traveled to Washington on was rejected", Chris Mancini, a witness to the incident, said in an interview on Friday night. He added that he expected Ali to be stopped frequently moving forward.

Rep. Wasserman Shultz said Ali Jr. had no issues on his way up to the nation's capitol, but subsequently had a problem on his return.

"Religiously profiling the son of "The Greatest" will not make us safe", she said. "He received a targeted pat-down in the area of his jewelry to clear the alarm and was cleared to catch his flight".

Ali had traveled to Washington on Wednesday, without incident, to speak with members of a congressional subcommittee on border security about a previous detention.

The agent then put Ali on the phone with a DHS agent.

Photo of Muhammad Ali Jr. courtesy of Mandel Negan / Getty Image.

Ali said he felt like his "human rights" were violated.

That time, he said he gave agents his name, then was asked: "What is you religion?" He was eventually released after providing his US passport.

He asked: 'If it isn't a Muslim ban, why did they ask about my religion?' The forum was organized by Democratic lawmakers.

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