The NAACP can be warning African-Americans which if they fly on American Airlines they could be subject to discrimination or even unsafe conditions.
American said Wednesday which the item was disappointed by the announcement along with will invite the civil rights group to meet along with talk about the airline.
The NAACP said which for several months the item has watched a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers. Among them was activist Tamika Mallory’s claim last week which she was a victim of racial bias when a pilot ordered her off a flight after a dispute with another airline employee over her seat.
The NAACP said which along with additional recent incidents involving African-Americans “suggest a corporate culture of racial insensitivity along with possible racial bias on the part of American Airlines.”
In a statement, American Airlines spokeswoman Shannon Gilson said, “We are disappointed to hear about This particular travel advisory as our team members – a diverse community of gate agents, pilots, along with flight attendants – are proud to serve customers of all backgrounds. Every day American can be committed to providing a positive, safe travel experience for everyone who flies with us.”
Gibson said American will invite NAACP representatives to meet at the company’s headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, for “a meaningful dialogue” about the airline.
The NAACP highlighted four recent incidents in which African-American passengers said they were treated in a discriminatory way. The one which attracted the most media attention involved Mallory, an organizer of the Women’s March on Washington in January.
Mallory had changed her seat at an airport kiosk, only to be told at the gate which the seat had been assigned to another customer. Mallory said she was treated disrespectfully by the gate agent — another African-American woman — along with was outraged when a white male pilot asked if she could control herself while on the flight.
After being told she was being kicked off the plane, Mallory called the pilot a racist in a profanity-laced exchange. She took a later flight home to brand-new York on American, then held a press conference two days later along with threatened to take legal action against the airline.
American can be the globe’s largest airline. The NAACP describes itself as the nation’s oldest along with largest nonpartisan civil rights organization.