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U.S. black rights group warns travelers off American Airlines

U.S. black rights group warns travelers off American Airlines

A leading USA civil rights group is warning black travelers against flying on American Airlines, saying that they could face "disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe" treatment.

The NAACP "national travel advisory" was issued as the advocacy group cited a series of incidents suggesting a "corporate culture of racial insensitivity and possible racial bias" at the airline.

The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) has issued a travel advisory warning African-American travellers to be careful when flying with American Airlines.

Spokeswoman Shannon Gilson added in a statement that it would invite the NAACP to the airline's Fort Worth, Texas, headquarters.

In another incident, a black woman was moved to the coach section at the ticket counter despite having booked first-class tickets for herself and a travelling companion.

The NAACP highlighted four recent incidents in which African American passengers said they were treated in a discriminatory way.

"We fly over borders, walls and stereotypes to connect people from different races, religions, nationalities, economic backgrounds and sexual orientations", CEO Doug Parker wrote in a memo that the company released to reporters.

The group says they are noticing a pattern of disturbing incidents involving the removal of black passengers from flights, in addition to other troublesome conducts that are giving rise to this warning.

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The CEO of American Airlines reacted to the news Wednesday, sending a letter to all 120,000 employees of his airline.

In another instance, an African-American male passenger was asked to disembark a flight because he responded to "disrespectful and discriminatory comments directed toward him by two unruly white passengers", according to the NAACP's account.

Another black woman was reportedly removed from a flight after she complained that her seat had been switched without her consent. "And we do it professionally and safely every day for more than 500,000 customers across five continents".

"We do not and we will not tolerate discrimination of any kind", Parker said.

However, Johnson said that the travel advisory would remain in effect until the NAACP had seen that its concerns were addressed. It was the first such alert the NAACP had ever issued for a single state.

The NAACP said travel advisories are issued when it believes "conditions on the ground pose a substantial risk of harm to black Americans".

This isn't the first high-profile domestic travel advisory issued by the NAACP.

After being told she was being kicked off the plane, Mallory called the pilot a racist in a profanity-laced exchange.


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