DETROIT - When police surrounded the Frontier flight 623 inbound to Detroit from Denver, Shoshana Hebshi-Holt was as stunned as the other passengers.
Hebshi-Holt did not know why police were there, and neither did the men sitting next to her, whom she did not know.
She writes about the moments after police first arrived in her blog in a post called, "Some real Shock and Awe: Racially profiled and cuffed in Detroit."
Police officers dressed in military fatigues and carrying machine guns boarded the plane and headed toward her row.
"Someone shouted for us to place our hands on the seats in front of us, heads down," Hebshi-Holt writes. "The cops ran down the aisle, stopped at my row and yelled at the three of us to get up."
She and the two men were taken off the plane. She said no one would tell her what was happening or why she was being taken.
"I felt like I was invisible. I felt so helpless and shocked. I was being treated like an animal," she writes. "The three of us, two Indian men living in the Detroit metro area, and me, a half-Arab, half-Jewish housewife living in suburban Ohio, were being detained."
She said she was placed in a cell and told an officer would be in to strip search her.
After the strip search, she was interviewed by Homeland Security and the FBI.
After more questions and checking, Hebshi-Holt was let go, as were the two men.
She said one of the FBI agents apologized saying, "It's 9/11 and people are seeing ghosts. They are seeing things that they aren't."
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