Black travellers warned against American Airlines

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP)— A leading US civil rights group is warning black travellers against flying on American Airlines, saying that they could face “disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe” treatment.

The NAACP said Tuesday that a series of “troublesome” recent incidents “suggest a corporate culture of racial insensitivity and possible racial bias on the part of American Airlines.”

“In light of these confrontations, we have today taken the action of issuing national advisory alerting travellers — especially African Americans — to exercise caution, in that booking and boarding flights on American Airlines could subject them disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions,” it said.

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said in a memo to employees Wednesday that the firm was “disappointed” about the advisory, adding: “we do not and will not tolerate discrimination of any kind.”

Following a request from the rights group, American is extending an invitation for NAACP representatives to meet with airline executives at its headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.

“We have reached out to the NAACP and are eager to meet with them to listen to their issues and concerns,” Parker said.

Among the incidents cited by the NAACP was one involving an African-American woman and her infant child who were removed from a flight from Atlanta to New York City after she asked that her stroller be retrieved from checked baggage before she left the plane.

The NAACP did not give names of the people involved in the incidents or indicate when they took place, and American did not comment on the specific allegations.

7 Comments

  1. Black travellers warned against American Airlines – OECS.biz
    October 25, 2017 at 1:39 pm Reply

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  2. Jacques Boucle
    October 26, 2017 at 9:20 am Reply

    This highlights the persistent systemic racism that is so prevalent in those so-called united states.

  3. Toof
    October 26, 2017 at 11:08 am Reply

    America is safe only for Chastanet, with his big wide nose troll father.

  4. Anonymous
    October 26, 2017 at 5:49 pm Reply

    Some ppl can’t comment here without subjecting others to insults and abuse. And they are the first ones who call themselves good ppl.

  5. Strange times
    October 28, 2017 at 6:17 am Reply

    I’m not sure this story is nothing more than sensationalism. I understand blacks get shot and killed by police in Amerika on a daily bases without being held responsible. But, what about the Chinese guy that recently drug down the alley after he was knocked out. Or the white couple that was thrown out of the plane because their baby was crying?

  6. Strange times
    October 28, 2017 at 6:19 am Reply

    Excuse me….not alley….”isle” of the plane

  7. Anonymous
    October 28, 2017 at 3:55 pm Reply

    Correction is “aisle

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