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Passenger Dragged Off Flight at BWI Claims Racial Profiling

Southwest Airlines apologized and said the company was "disheartened" by how local law enforcement handled the clash

A woman seen on video being dragged off a Southwest Airlines flight in Maryland has said she believes she was a victim of racial profiling. 

Anila Daulatzai, who is Muslim, said on ABC's "Good Morning America'' Thursday that she was mistreated after she told the crew on a Sept. 26 flight to Los Angeles that she was allergic to dogs in the cabin.

She said the crew initially agreed she could sit far away from the dogs, but later told her they were concerned about her being on the plane. 

Video captured by another passenger shows Daulatzai struggling with two officers. 

"I'm sorry. My dad has a surgery. What are you doing?" she yells. 

"I will walk. Don't touch me! Don't touch me!" she continues. 

Other passengers can be heard saying, "She's walking." 

Daulatzai, who is heard on video saying she is a professor, repeatedly asked the officers what they were doing and said they ripped her pants.

Daulatzai insisted that she repeatedly and calmly explained that her allergy was not life-threatening. She believes she was discriminated against because she was "a brown woman with a hoodie."

Southwest Airlines said Daulatzai told flight attendants she had a life-threatening allergy. 

"Our flight crew made repeated attempts to explain the situation to the customer, however, she refused to deplane and law enforcement became involved," Southwest Airlines said. 

The airline apologized and said it was local police who removed the woman. 

"We are disheartened by the way this situation unfolded and the customer's removal by local law enforcement officers," the airline said. "We publicly offer our apologies to this customer for her experience and we will be contacting her directly to address her concerns."

Southwest said there was an emotional support animal and one pet on the flight. 

A statement posted Wednesday on her law firm's website says Daulatzai is pregnant and required medical treatment after the Sept. 26 incident at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

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