Published: Sat, October 28, 2017
Markets | By Terence Owen

NAACP issues travel advisory against American Airlines

NAACP issues travel advisory against American Airlines

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 growing list of incidents suggesting racial bias reflects an unacceptable corporate culture and involves behavior that can not be dismissed as normal or random", the group's newly-elected president Derrick Johnson said.

The NAACP pointed to four instances with American airlines in a news release.

Here's just one example: "An African-American woman and her infant child were removed from a flight from Atlanta to New York City when the woman asked that her stroller be retrieved from checked baggage before she would disembark".

So, we were disappointed to learn of a travel advisory issued by the NAACP regarding American Airlines.

She added that she's still in disbelief over the situation and that the negative comments she has been seeing on social media are also taking a toll on her. Mallory said that a motivating factor is seeing other stories people are sharing about racial discrimination by the airline industry.

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SFGate notes that an American Airlines spokesperson has already responded to the advisory, saying that the company is committed to providing safe and positive travel experiences to everyone and that the airline intends to reach out to representatives from the NAACP in the hopes of "having a meaningful dialogue about our airline".

"The NAACP for several months now has been monitoring a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers, specific to American Airlines", the NAACP posted on their website.

He complained to a flight attendant about harassment by two white passengers sitting behind him, but he was later removed from the flight from Washington, DC, to Raleigh-Durham, according to a federal lawsuit he filed in December.

Another incident involved a black woman who was ordered removed from a NY to Miami flight after a pilot overheard her complain to a gate agent about a change to her seat assignment without her consent, said NAACP. 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.

The NAACP did not give further details, provide names of the passengers, or say when the events it described are alleged to have taken place. NAACP President Derrick Johnson had called for a meeting with the airline's leadership. It is the second-ever travel advisory issued by the organization, according to Aba Blankson, vice president of communications.

In August, the NAACP issued a travel advisory for the state of Missouri in aftermath of high-profile incidents of police brutality.

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