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Why Is The NAACP Warning Black Travelers About Flying On American Airlines?

The NAACP warned black travelers about using American Airlines.
The NAACP warned black travelers about using American Airlines.

The NAACP issued a travel advisory Tuesday night that warned black travelers against flying on American Airlines, citing multiple instances of alleged racial discrimination.

In a written statement, the civil rights organization said it “has been monitoring a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers, specific to American Airlines.”

A few examples of the alleged discriminatory behavior were included in the NAACP’s warning, including a black woman who booked first-class seats for her and her white friend — but the black woman’s ticket was downgraded to coach and the white traveler’s was not.

The NAACP alleged that a black woman and her child, traveling on American Airlines to New York from Atlanta, were kicked off a flight because she “asked that her stroller be retrieved from checked baggage before she would disembark.”

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