NAACP Issues American Airlines Travel Advisory
After activist Tamika Mallory and at least three other people were treated unfairly by American Airlines, the NAACP’s taking action. The National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People said this week that black travelers should be cautious about flying on American Airlines.
According to NPR, the NAACP described “a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers, specific to American Airlines.” They cited four incidents in particular as examples that “suggest a corporate culture of racial insensitivity and possible racial bias on the part of American Airlines.”
“An African-American man was required to relinquish his purchased seats aboard a flight from Washington, D.C. to Raleigh-Durham, merely because he responded to disrespectful and discriminatory comments directed toward him by two unruly white passengers,” the NAACP said of one incident.
In another case, a black woman with first-class tickets was switched to coach while her white companion remained in first class; two other incidents involved black women removed from flights after making routine complaints or requests.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker has since released a statement strongly defending the company.
“The mission statement of the NAACP states that it ‘seeks to remove all barriers of racial discrimination.’ That’s a mission that the people of American Airlines endorse and facilitate every day – we do not and will not tolerate discrimination of any kind,” Parker wrote.
“We have reached out to the NAACP and are eager to meet with them to listen to their issues and concerns,” he added.
Hmmmm, looks like American is getting the United Airlines treatment.
Will YOU think twice about flying American Airlines???