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Woman Claims She Was Kicked Off Flight For Being Black

| by Sheena Vasani
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A woman alleges American Airlines kicked her off a Georgia-bound flight because she was wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt.

Activist and poet Imani Cezanne claims on Twitter she was escorted off the airplane after a flight attendant felt threatened by her t-shirt.

Cezanne explained that it all began when the passenger sitting next to her was forced to move because they did not speak English, the Daily Mail reports.

When Cezanne asked why this was problematic enough to warrant a seat change, the flight attendant explained “if she is unable to explain procedure, she must seat someone else in the exit row.”

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“While speaking with the woman next to me about my concerns I was *interrupted* by FA and asked, 'Are you going to be a problem?'" Cezanne continued. “Why would she ask me that? Is that an appropriate way to speak to a customer who is calmly having a conversation with someone?”

At that point, Cezanne says the flight attendant grabbed the manager, who wanted her to get off the airplane.

“The manager comes to escort me off of the plane. I ask why. She says, 'Because my flight attendant feels threatened,'” Cezanne said.

“Nothing about my voice, tone, body language communicated threatening. Other than, of course, this black body,” she added.

“What I was wearing when I was unnecessarily ejected from my flight because the FA felt 'threatened.' Coincidence?” she then said, posting a photo of her Black Lives Matter shirt.

Cezanne added that two armed officers ejected her off the flight and that she “never believed so strongly that [she] could die at any moment.”

Now she adds she is planning legal action against the airline.

An American Airlines spokesman said they are investigating the issue further.

“An unruly passenger was removed from American Eagle Flight 5192, operated by PSA Airlines, from Charlotte to Atlanta due to failure to comply with crew member instructions,” they said. “The passenger refused to exit aircraft when asked, so local law enforcement was called. We will work with the customer to resolve the issue. American Airlines values diversity and we do not discriminate for any reason.”

Sources: Imani Cezanne/TwitterDaily Mail / Photo credit: WIkimedia


 

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