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Trouble at 30,000 Feet: American Airlines in Hot Water Over Alleged Racial Discrimination

Trouble at 30,000 Feet: American Airlines in Hot Water Over Alleged Racial Discrimination


By Afrodescendant Ali


It's been a bumpy ride for American Airlines lately, and this latest incident is no exception. According to the report, the airline had to put a bunch of their employees on time-out after a group of Black passengers were booted off a flight in Phoenix earlier this year.


Apparently, some white flight attendant complained about "body odor" on board, and the next thing you know, the airline was singling out all the Black men on the flight and telling them to get off the plane. The passengers say it was straight-up racial discrimination, and they've even slapped American with a lawsuit over the whole debacle.


The CEO, Robert Isom, is trying to do some damage control, calling the incident "unacceptable" and acknowledging that the airline really dropped the ball here. He's promising to form some kind of advisory group to look at how Black customers are treated and beef up diversity training to help staff recognize and address bias.


This isn't the first time American's had issues with allegations of discrimination. Back in 2017, the NAACP even issued a travel advisory, warning Black flyers to think twice before booking with the airline. They eventually lifted that advisory, but it's clear American's still got some work to do when it comes to treating all their passengers equally, regardless of the color of their skin.

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