London (IINA) -A Muslim father-of-three believes he might be the most stopped man in Britain as he claims airport security has pulled him aside 42 times in under three years.
Ahmed Ali, 40, was most recently stopped at Bordeaux--Merignac Airport in France on February 2 after immigration officials pulled him out of the queue of over 100 people to board the Ryanair flight to London Stansted.
The building developer and charity volunteer have pulled aside as immigration wanted to check his passport but would not accept it and asked for another form of identification.
A spokesman for Heathrow Airport said: "We do not comment on airport security." On the airport's website, it states: "Our security officers select passengers at random, or when there is a particular security concern such as the activation of a metal detector." However, Ali has now blamed 'Islamophobia' and 'profiling' for causing airport staff to pull him out of the crowd, Mirror British Tabloid News reported.
In a Facebook post, he wrote: "Unfortunately this is happening to much and many people, in the light of TRUMP immigration & airport staff need to be checked for ISLAMOPHOBIA!
"I was the ONLY PERSON singled out, questioned, harassed, made to feel criminal, and THEY used me to create more ISLAMOPHOBIA that is the goal 4 THEM."
Ali, from Derby, showed officials his driving license and he was eventually allowed to return to the board. The immigration desk is next to his gate, and he could still see people boarding the flight, but Ryanair refused to let him, board.
He decided to document his frustration by posting a live video on his Facebook page, where it was viewed by over 25,000 times, as staff at the airport refused to talk to him unless he spoke in French.
"The most annoying part was the fact I could still see people walking past and getting let on the plane," said Ali, who was forced to pay for another ticket for the following day.
"I have no problems with the immigration as they were trying to be quick as possible but Ryanair were told that I was taken to one side yet still would not let me, board. They would not even give me a reason unless I spoke French. I am English. I don't speak French so how do I talk to them.
"I think I am actually used to being stopped at airports. My solicitor thinks I am the most stopped man in the country. "In under three years, I have been stopped 42 times. He believes it is profiling, but I don't understand why it always seems to be me."
Ali, who has also been helping feed the homeless people of Derby for many years, is a regular traveler due to his work and charity commitments for Unite 4 Humanity.
His latest stoppage by immigration happened abroad but he has been stopped numerous times at airports across England.
He has not only been stopped but also removed from flights on occasion, including on one occasion when his wife was pregnant.
The annoying situation has now even become routine with Ali actively showing up early at airports as he has been questioned before for up to five hours.
Ali said: "I have been stopped in Birmingham, Manchester, Luton, London Heathrow, Stansted.
"Some are worse than others. I was stopped at one of those airports twice just weeks apart, and I told them they had done the exact same thing to me.
"The same questions and I give the exact same answers. It was only when I told them about the officer who saw me the last time that they found him and let me go.
"There must be no log of who they are stopping as these airports don't even know how many times they have stopped me.
"I once traveled to Bangladesh, to Morocco, to Malaysia, to Thailand and finally to Burma.
"The only time I was stopped when I arrived back to England, my country of birth.
"I have trouble getting people to pick me up from airports now as they never know how long I will actually be. Also, my kids don't wait for me at the airport now either."
Ali also runs several youth centers in his local community and has been working with young people and helping promote community cohesion.
Whenever he has been stopped, he has fully co-operated when questioned.
Ali says officers have asked him the same questions every time, for his views on ISIS, Israel and if he considers himself a threat to Britain.
He said: "I think the biggest concern is the fact that I will not be the only one this happens to.
"At first I thought it was targeted discrimination against me but having been stopped so many times by different people and at different airports, I can only assume it is because they are profiling.
"I believe I have always handled this in a good way. I have cooperated with them, answered every question and handed over everything they wanted to see.
"If I refuse then I will be charged but maybe this will continue until I finally refuse and this will then go to court.
"In all the times I have been stopped, not once have I been charged. Thank you for your cooperation and you are free to go."
Source: International Islamic News Agency