Flight delayed for security screening

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A flight bound from Chicago to Burlington yesterday was delayed for extra security screening, and some on board say it was because of a group of Afghan passengers in traditional dress.

The group was part of a delegation in the U.S. studying its democratic institutions.

A Transportation Security Agency spokeswoman says the United flight crew asked for the extra screening.

A spokesman for the Council of American-Islamic Relations says he’s not surprised by the incident.

Ibrahim Hooper says such stepped-up scrutiny of Muslims is all too familiar, and usually increases following international threats of terrorism or violence.

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