Finally, Elzankaly said, the FBI told San Francisco police to release Ibraham -- two hours after her flight left. And she was told her name was off the list.
But the next day, she was again flagged as a threat to air travel.
After a while, she was finally allowed to fly.
Ibraham filed claims against San Mateo County and San Francisco last year for violations of her rights; both were rejected, so she sued.
She was set to return to Stanford in March to finish her schoolwork, but the U.S. Embassy denied her re-entry, for no known reason.
Elzankaly said her client submitted her dissertation from Malaysia and earned her doctorate.
The lawsuit aims to make sure this doesn't happen again.