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A passenger has been arrested by airport police in the US on the anniversary of 9/11 after attacking a Muslim woman on a flight from Atlanta to Detroit, officials say.

The passenger began “acting belligerently” from the moment she boarded the Spirit Airlines flight, according to a Council on American-Islamic Relations news release.

She verbally harassed crew members and fellow passengers during the flight, but her behaviour escalated upon landing at the Detroit Metro Airport, council officials said.

Aicha Toure, a Muslim woman who was wearing a headscarf, spoke up, asking her to stop berating another passenger. She then turned her attention to Toure, calling her a number of things including “Muslim terrorist”.

Members of the flight crew stepped in, and the Wayne County Airport Authority Police Department arrested the passenger on charges of assault and disorderly conduct.

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