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Man kicked off flight after inflammatory racist remarks

Witness: Racists aren't welcome in America! This is not Trump's America!

By Kate Wagner
Two passengers have been kicked off a United Airlines flight for causing a disturbance witnesses say was racially motivated.
The commotion on flight 1113 from Chicago to Houston began when a male passenger saw two Pakistani passengers in traditional dress.
As the pair stowed their bags away, witnesses say the man asked if they had a bomb in their luggage.
When the pair didn't hear the man ask, "That's not a bomb in your bag, is it?" the man repeated his question, a witness told KHOU.
After hearing his comments, the lady seated next to him went and spoke to a flight attendant. Other passengers, including the woman who eventually filmed the video, also told flight attendants they were uncomfortable with the man’s remarks.
"The person ahead of us turned around and asked where my boyfriend was from; my boyfriend said it's none of your business," said the witness who filmed the male passenger being removed from the plane. "At that point he said all illegals and all foreigners need to leave the country."
The witness told KHOU her boyfriend is of Indian descent.
Eventually flight attendants removed the male and his female companion and he told the person filming to have a nice flight while the young woman holds up her finger to the camera.
"Get out of here," the woman behind the camera responded. "Racists aren't welcome in America! This is not Trump's America!"
"Goooodbyeee raaacists!" the woman added.
"Hey, I'll come back, but you'll be gone," the man said as he walked away.
Witnesses say the pair was met with cheers from passengers as they left the flight.