"The NAACP for several months now has been monitoring a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers, specific to American Airlines", the statementreads.
African-American passengers have been warned not to fly with American Airlines in a damning statement issued by The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) which acccused the airline of widespread racism.
Issuing an advisory on Tuesday, the civil rights organization suggests a "corporate culture of racial insensitivity and possible racial bias" is being fostered at the airline and urged passengers to exercise caution before flying with the company. The first appeared to reference a November incident in which a North Carolina NAACP leader charged he was removed from a flight after reprimanding two white men who had harassed him.
A third incident took place in May when a black woman, Rane Baldwin, was moved to coach despite having booked a first-class seat, apparently because a change in aircraft reduced the number of available first-class seats.
A Boston mother reported that she and her infant child were removed from a flight from Atlanta to NY when the woman, "incidentally a Harvard Law School student", the NAACP said, asked that her stroller be retrieved from the checked-baggage area before she would get off the plane.
"Booking and boarding flights on American Airlines could subject them [to] disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions", the advisory said.
Following the release of the advisory, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker issued a memo to his staff.
American Airlines reportedly reached out to the NAACP to meet with them.
Another example involved NY activist Tamika Mallory.
The NAACP says it suspects there are many more incidences of discrimination, in part because each of these accounts involve individuals who had backgrounds and training in asserting their rights.
In a statement, Mallory said she has since spoken with a second representative in the customer care department of American Airlines, who asked her to recount her experience when she was kicked off the flight over a seating dispute. The airline said that the matter was under investigation and acknowledged that the company mishandled the seating situation.
The NAACP is fielding stories from the public about other travel irregularities, aboard American Airlines elsewhere, which you can report here.
Novak took to Twitter, and called out American Airlines that same day. Officials issues the advisory early Wednesday, calling attention to what the group calls unsafe travel conditions.
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