DETROIT (AP) – Seeking to quell an uproar over alleged profiling, Northwest Airlines offered an apology yesterday to a group of 40 American Muslims who were barred from boarding a Michigan-bound plane in Germany.

The airline also said it will reimburse the pilgrims for hotel costs and other flights the passengers were forced to take on their way back from the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Andrea Newman, a University Regent and the senior vice president for government relations for Northwest, said barring the pilgrims should not have happened. She said the Jan. 7 incident resulted from a series of mistakes involving a German travel agency, the baggage handlers for the previous chartered flight from Saudi Arabia and misleading information on a printed ticket that the passengers had received, The Detroit News reported yesterday.

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