Delta said in a written statement the two women were "observed by another customer to not be in possession of their passports -- a possible indicator of a human trafficking event. Delta took the concern seriously and contacted the appropriate authorities who addressed the customers upon landing."
"While their investigation did show that our customers were not being trafficked, we train our crew members to remain alert and use their professional experience and practice best judgment to ensure the safety of customers," the airline said.
Delta also said: "We do not tolerate discrimination and are troubled by any accusations of discrimination. We have reached out to speak with our customers directly."
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