A man who was forced to cover a shirt displaying Arabic writing during a JetBlue domestic flight three years ago was awarded $240,000 in damages, the Agence France-Presse reported.
Raed Jarrar received the compensation from two U.S. Transportation Security Authority officials and from JetBlue Airways Friday.
The reparations came after the August 2006 incident on a flight from New York City to Oakland, Calif., flight, the American Civil Liberties Union told the AFP.
Jarrar was approached by security officials who told him to remove his T-shirt with the words "We will not be silent" as he waited near the front of a JetBlue flight at JFK Airport because it apparently made other passengers feel uncomfortable.
Aden Fine, an attorney for the ACLU, hailed the decision as a "victory for free speech and a blow to the discriminatory practice of racial profiling."
Jarrar, a U.S. resident, eventually agreed to cover his shirt with one provided by the airline and was subsequently allowed aboard the aircraft, the AFP reported. His seat, however, was changed from the front to the back of the jet.