Nine Muslims were ordered off a US domestic flight after passengers heard one of them make what they thought were suspicious remarks.
Shortly after boarding the New Year's Day AirTran flight from Washington DC to Florida the Muslims were led off the plane by federal air marshals.
The group, eight of them US citizens, were later cleared for travel and have received an apology from AirTran.
One of them said he felt they had been forced off because of their appearance.
The men had beards and the women wore traditional Muslim headscarves.