Why Is NAACP Warning Black Travelers About American Airlines

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“A pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers, specific to American Airlines.”

On Tuesday, NAACP released a statement warning African-American travelers that it has noticed,

“A pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers, specific to American Airlines…[incidents] suggest a corporate culture of racial insensitivity and possible racial bias.

Thus, black travelers should travel with caution, especially when “booking and boarding flights on American Airlines could subject them [to] disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions.”

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker responded with disappointment, noting that:

“We fly over borders, walls and stereotypes to connect people from different races, religions, nationalities, economic backgrounds and sexual orientations. We do not and will not tolerate discrimination of any kind.”

In the warning, NAACP listed four instances, including when an African-American woman and her infant were removed from a flight departing ATL to NYC after she asked whether she could retrieve her stroller from checked baggage before leaving the plane.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s goal is ” “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.” In the travel warning against AA, the president Derrick Johnson said, “the growing list of incidents … involves behavior that cannot be dismissed as normal or random.”

Back in August, NAACP already sent out a warning to women, people of color, LGBTQ communities and other minorities regarding traveling to the state Missouri. The oldest civil rights organization in the United States cautioned travelers the possibility of facing stereotypes, racism and discrimination if they travel Missouri.


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