Two Muslim American women, multimedia journalist Niala Mohammad and her friend, were removed from an American Airlines flight when a flight attendant felt "threatened" and "unsafe" by their presence. American Airlines Flight 2239 was sitting on the tarmac for three hours, when one of the women began speaking to a fellow passenger about the lack of food and water provided. At that point, a male flight attendant approached her and said, "If you have a problem, you can get off the plane." The two women then flagged a female flight attendant to file a complaint about his behavior. That's when one woman took a photo of the male attendant, and were told by another flight attendant that taking the photo was a "federal offense." Airlines can stop passengers from taking photos on a flight, but it is not a federal offense. Afterwards, both women were escorted off the flight. A spokesperson for American Airlines said the two were taken off the flight for "non-compliance issues."