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Monday Midday Must-Reads

-A California college student said he was kicked off of a Southwest Airlines flight for speaking Arabic. The Washington Post reports that Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, a senior at UC Berkeley was pulled off his Southwest flight leaving Los Angeles earlier this month after he was heard speaking Arabic to his uncle on his cell phone. After being asked to depart the plane, Makhzoomi, an Iraqi refugee, said “This is what Islamophobia has done,” to a Southwest employee.

-United Airlines ground workers ratified a new five-year contract on Saturday that includes double-digit pay increases over the life of the contract. According to the Chicago Tribune, the contract covers 30,000 employees and will raise pension benefits and halt the outsourcing of some employees jobs.

-Not all airlines are benefiting from low fuel prices, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Persian Gulf carriers, such as Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, are seeing a drop in premium-seat bookkings as they count on corporate travel in and out of the Mideast. “Those bookings are down sharply, executives say, amid today’s oil-price collapse,” the article says.