The NAACP issued a travel advisory on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, warning all travelers, specifically African-American travelers, to exercise caution when traveling with American Airlines.
For several months, African-American passengers have reported a string of disturbing incidents specific to American Airlines, which the NAACP has been monitoring closely.
“In light of these confrontations, we have today taken the action of issuing national advisory alerting travelers—especially African-Americans—to exercise caution, in that booking and boarding flights on American Airlines could subject them to disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions,” a press release from the organization reads.
The NAACP stated that the advisory will take effect immediately until further notice.
The statement outlines at least four incidents that have happened in recent months:
The first incident involved an African-American man who was “required to relinquish his purchased seats aboard a flight from Washington, D.C. to Raleigh-Durham” because he “responded to disrespectful and discriminatory comments directed toward him by two unruly white passengers.”
Another incident, as stated by the NAACP, involved an African-American woman being forced to give up her previously booked first-class seat, while her Caucasian travel companion remained seated in their first-class seat.
The third incident involved a pilot who directed that “an African-American woman be removed from the flight when she complained to the gate agent about having her seating assignment changed without her consent.” The woman was identified as Tamika Mallory, an activist who co-chaired the Women’s March in Washington D.C.
Finally, the fourth incident involved a young African-American woman and her infant child, who “were removed from a flight from Atlanta to New York City when the woman (incidentally a Harvard Law School student) asked that her stroller be retrieved from checked baggage before she would disembark.”
Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, stated, “All travelers must be guaranteed the right to travel without fear of threat, violence or harm.”
This advisory isn’t the first warning issued by the NAACP. In August, the organization issued a travel advisory for the State of Missouri, citing increasing racial tensions. This advisory called for “African-American travelers, visitors, and Missourians to pay special attention and exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the state given the series of questionable, race-based incidents occurring statewide recently, and noted therein.”
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