Ali Jr. and his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the second wife of Muhammad Ali, were in Washington to testify before Congress. Ali Jr. told members of Congress on Thursday the government needs to help end racial and religious profiling.
Then, after a 20-minute phone call (the TSA says it was "only" 11 minutes), Ali was let pass and flew home.
After being asked for personal information including place of birth and Social Security number, Ali was told that his state ID card was not valid for flying even though it will not expire for several years and he had used the card to fly without issue as recently as two days before.
"None of this was happening Wednesday", Mancini told the AP.
Ali believes he's being stopped because he's a Muslim.
Hugh Handeyside from the ACLU added that the Fourth Amendment, which protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures, was also broken when Ali was detained. He was then given a "targeted" pat down and "cleared" to travel.
"[The JetBlue ticket agent] put me on the phone with homeland security".
He was delayed for about 25 minutes while he spoke with someone from "homeland security". Schultz tweeted a photo with Ali saying that "religiously profiling son of "The Greatest" will not make us safe".
"When Mr Ali arrived at the checkpoint, his large jewellery alarmed the checkpoint scanner".
Lapan said he could not comment on why TSA felt the need to call and confirm Ali Jr.'s identity. He spoke to members of a congressional subcommittee on border security on Thursday, describing his February 7 incident that took place as he was returning back to Florida from an appearance in Jamaica with his mother.
Critics claimed it discriminated against Muslims and violated the US Constitution, while the Trump administration said the measure was necessary to protect the US against terror attacks. "They asked me questions", he said. They then allowed him to board the flight after he showed his USA passport. The forum was organized by Democratic lawmakers.