Published: Sat, October 28, 2017
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

American Airlines accused of racism after 'disturbing incidents'

American Airlines accused of racism after 'disturbing incidents'

In the advisory, issued Tuesday night, the NAACP urged African Americans "to exercise caution, in that booking and boarding flights on American Airlines could subject them to disrespectful, discriminatory, or unsafe conditions".

The NAACP cites four recent incidents where it claims blacks were discriminated against by American Airlines as the catalyst behind their latest travel advisory.

In response, American Airlines Chairman and CEO Doug Parker released a letter to employees expressing disappointment over the travel advisory, and asserted that the airline "will not tolerate discrimination of any kind".

The NAACP, the oldest and largest United States civil-rights group, today (Oct. 25) issued a travel warning for African-Americans boarding American Airlines, one of the world's largest carriers.

The airline responded in a statement to reporters the airline said it will invite the NAACP to meet and discuss their concerns. In its travel advisory, the NAACP said the examples it cited may represent on the "tip of the iceberg" when it comes to American Airlines' documented mistreatment of African-American customers.

The social justice advocacy organization listed a number of incidents it referred to as "troublesome conduct by American Airlines" that suggest "a corporate culture of racial insensitivity and possible racial bias" on the part of the airline.

He has to give up his seat after an argument with two white passengers, according to the NAACP.

On a flight bound for NY from Miami, the pilot directed that an African-American woman be removed from the flight when she complained to the gate agent about having her seating assignment changed without her consent.

In the third incident, Tamika Mallory, activist and one of the co-chairwomen of the Women's March movement, claimed she was kicked off a flight after complaining to a gate agent about a change in her seat assignment.

Novak took to Twitter, and called out American Airlines that same day. In another incident, they referenced a black woman who booked two first-class tickets but then was forced to move to coach, even though her white companion was allowed to remain in first class. "All travelers must be guaranteed the right to travel without fear of threat, violence or harm", stated Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP.

The NAACP cited four specific examples dating back to a year ago, the most recent of which took place on a Miami to NY flight last week.

"With that said, we understand there is more to do". Briana Williams, 24, said she was booted off an AA flight in August after she asked for her gate-checked stroller during an extended travel delay as passengers were leaving the plane.

It said at the time that the Missouri advisory was the first ever issued by the organization, at the state or national level.

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