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Khawla Abdel-Haq said she felt like she’d been undressed when Gill Parker Payne pulled the hijab off her head during a flight to Albuquerque in December,
“He violated me, not just took off my scarf,” she said in an interview after the hearing. “I felt like he took off my shirt, my pants in front of everybody.”
In May, Payne, who lives in North Carolina but travels frequently for his sales job, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of obstructing a person’s free exercise of religious beliefs.
He was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to a year of probation, including two months of home confinement. U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven Yarbrough also ordered Payne to pay a $1,000 fine, along with a nearly $4,000 fee.