Maryland Muslim woman removed from Southwest flight

The family of a Muslim woman claims she was racially profiled on a Southwest flight from D.C. to Chicago.

The woman says Southwest airlines removed her from a flight because she is Muslim.

Now, an advocacy group is calling for an investigation. The woman was wearing a hijab and she was on a flight from D.C. to Seattle on Wednesday. After boarding her connecting flight to Chicago, she swapped seats with another passenger.

Southwest has an open seating policy, but the woman says a flight attendant took issue with her seat change and told her she had to get off of the plane. The council on American-Islamic relations says the woman was humiliated.

"Without an adequate explanation as to why this Muslim passenger was removed from the flight and humiliated in front of other travelers, we must call for an investigation of a possible bias motive for the actions of the flight crew," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry.