NAACP advises black travelers not to fly American Airlines

NAACP advises black travelers not to fly American Airlines

NAACP advises black travelers not to fly American Airlines

The NAACP warns African-Americans to book and fly American with caution, saying they could be subject to disrespect, discrimination and unsafe conditions.

"The growing list of incidents suggesting racial bias reflects an unacceptable corporate culture and involves behavior that can not be dismissed as normal or random", NAACP President Derrick Johnson said in a statement.

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.

American Airlines Chairman and CEO Doug Parker issued a message to employees of the company in which he said: "we were disappointed to learn of a travel advisory issued by the NAACP regarding American Airlines".

She added that she's still in disbelief over the situation and that the negative comments she has been seeing on social media are also taking a toll on her. Mallory said that a motivating factor is seeing other stories people are sharing about racial discrimination by the airline industry.

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The airline responded in a statement to reporters the airline said it will invite the NAACP to meet and discuss their concerns. The civil rights organization's advisory calls for African-American travelers to be cautious of traveling or utilizing resources with American Airlines.

He has to give up his seat after an argument with two white passengers, according to the NAACP.

However, in one instance raised by the group, an African-American female passenger and their fellow traveller, who was white, were booked in first class seats.

The NAACP listed four examples of troublesome conduct by American Airlines crew on black passengers.

On a flight bound for NY from Miami, the pilot 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. Among them, was the April 2016 incident, in which then-president of the NC NAACP Rev. William Barber was removed from a flight from Reagan National Airport in Washington, RDU International Airport.

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The warning - which took effect Tuesday - came just over a week after Tamika Mallory, who co-chaired the Women's March on Washington this year, was removed from an American Airlines flight from Miami to NY.

"It's been many years that we thought has passing but you know it still lingers", Willie Matthews, Jr, who lives in Virginia, said.

The organisation, which has historically issued travel advisories "when conditions on the ground pose a substantial risk of harm to black Americans", said the allegations they cite may represent "only the tip of the iceberg".

Unlike when the NAACP issued an advisory in June for black Americans traveling in the state of Missouri, Tuesday's announcement did not include any qualitative data to support a targeting of black Americans.

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