A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 sits on the tarmac at LaGuardia airport July 22, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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Two men were kept from boarding a flight from Chicago to Philadelphia this week because they were speaking Arabic, one of several incidents reflecting public paranoia since the Paris attacks.Maher Khalil and Anas Ayyad were told by a gate agent at Midway Airport Thursday that they wouldn't be allowed on the plane because a fellow passenger had overheard them speaking Arabic – and was afraid to fly with them. On Wednesday, six men identified by fellow passengers as being of Middle Eastern descent were removed from a Southwest flight bound for Houston at Chicago's Midway after they asked to switch seats, causing a commotion, the local ABC affiliate reported.A woman and three men described by fellow passengers as being of Middle Eastern descent were escorted off a plane headed to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport after a witness reported suspicious activity to the crew, the Baltimore Sun reported, citing police.
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