Amanda Stevens, a freelance journalist, said on Oct. 12 that she was told to take off her Marvel Comics’ Black Panther baseball cap and her shirt with an upside-down American flag on a United Airlines flight, which she was eventually kicked off of.
io9.com notes that Stevens was supposed to fly from Albany, New York, to Chicago to report on the League of Legends quarterfinals, but the pilot was allegedly made uncomfortable by her clothing.
Stevens tweeted pictures of her clothing and details:
"Dear @united this shirt shouldn't make your pilot uncomfortable enough to warrant having me spoken to and told to take it off."
"He didn't seem that bothered to give me a smug look when he walked past me to the bathroom @united."
"And now I am being told I can't wear my hat @united this is unreal and f------ racist."
"Kicked off the flight."
"The pilot feels 'uncomfortable' @united I didn't know he has to look at me while he flies. I feel uncomfortable having a racist pilot."
United Airlines tweeted back: "@sagegnosis Amanda, could you please DM your confirmation number and MileagePlus information? We'd like to follow-up on this."
Stevens told io9 that a United Airlines representative originally mentioned her clothing while she was preparing to get on her flight, but she was allowed to board the plane.
Stevens said that she had a tense conversation with a flight attendant who instructed her to put her bag under a seat.
"I didn’t know if I was going to be staying on the plane or not and I said that," Stevens said. "I was grumbling because I was frustrated."
Stevens told io9 that the official reason United Airlines gave for her for kicking her off the flight was the exchange she had with the flight attendant.
United Airlines said in a statement to io9: "We are in contact with Ms. Stevens to discuss this matter further. Both United and SkyWest hold our employees to the highest standards of professionalism and have zero tolerance for discrimination."
Stevens was able to catch another plane, and tweeted: "Landed in one piece. Waiting to get off the plane."