The flight attendant seems to have lied: The company claims it has no open can rule.
United Airlines has been accused of discrimination after refusing to give an unopened can of Diet Coke to a female Muslim passenger.
Tahera Ahmad said in a post on her Facebook page that the flight attendant was "clearly discriminating against me" after giving the male passenger seated next to her an unopened can of beer.
She did not respond to the Daily News' request for comment.
Ahmad, who is the Muslim chaplain at Northwestern University, said that in the ensuing argument, one of her fellow passengers told her: "You (are) Moslem, you need to shut the f--k up."
The alleged incident happened as she asked for the can of pop on a flight from Chicago to Washington on Friday. Ahmad was traveling to attend an interfaith event for KIDS4PEACE to promote peaceful conversations between Israelis and Palestinians.
Ahmad was given one can that had already been opened, but said she wanted an unopened can for hygienic reasons.
But she said she was told by the flight attendant: "Well, I'm sorry. I just can't give you an unopened can, so no Diet Coke for you."
Ahmad said she then pointed out that the man next to her had just been handed an unopened beer and told the attendant she was being discriminated against. The employee then quickly opened her neighbor's beer can.
The flight attendant then told the passenger: "We are unauthorized to give unopened cans to people, because they may use it as a weapon on the plane."
Asking other passengers for help, she was then told to "shut the f--k up," Ahmad claimed.
"I can't help but cry on this plane because I thought people would defend me and say something," she wrote in the post. "Some people just shook their heads in dismay. "#IslamophobiaISREAL"