Muslim pilot in Pa. allowed to resume flying

September 2, 2008 7:57:24 AM PDT
A Muslim pilot whose job was threatened because his name was apparently on a terrorist watch list is being allowed to resume flying. Erich Scherfen and his wife sued the government last month. The Schuylkill County couple said their names were placed on the list because of their Muslim faith and that it jeopardized Scherfen's ability work as a commercial airline pilot.

A federal judge had scheduled a Sept. 18 hearing in Scranton in the case.

American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Vic Walczak said Tuesday he received a copy of a letter in which Colgan Air Inc. confirmed to the federal Transportation Security Administration that Scherfen has been returned to flight status.

Walczak says lawyers will continue to press the lawsuit alleging violations of the couple's constitutional rights.

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