Passengers apparently stole so much United Polaris bedding that flight attendants were told to keep a watchful eye and scold passengers who try to take pillows and blankets.
This is serious business Someone was once sentenced to three months for stealing two towels from a Hilton.
United Polaris Bedding
No one though is going to steal American Airlines domestic blankets. And if they do, those can’t be worth much. The new Casper bedding, maybe, but not the stuff they board on a short regional jet flight.
American Airlines Casper Bedding
One flight attendant though was convinced passengers on AA3756, an Embraer ERJ-175 from Dallas Fort-Worth to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, had taken blankets from first class.
As they boarded, two passengers in first class gave them their blankets. But Burrell and Teague — who are black — got into an argument with flight attendant in coach, where the players were sitting, when the flight attendant accused them of stealing those blankets
The two passengers, NBA minor league players, were kicked off the flight because “the flight attendant reportedly felt threatened and refused to fly with the pair on board.” They missed their team’s Christmas even dinner in Sioux Falls, but made it on the next flight in time for their game.
It’s 2017 and a Flight attendant for @AmericanAir sees 2 young black athletes with blankets from first class, his 1st comment is “did you steal them” how about you teach people to get the facts first before jumping to conclusions. 🤔#beingblackinamerican
— Darnell Lazare (@Dhouse35) December 24, 2017
While this occurred on American’s wholly owned subsidiary Envoy Air rather than American Airlines mainline, it certainly doesn’t help them address the negative publicity over race relations brought about by the NAACP’s travel warning.
The flight departed 54 minutes late. American Airlines has extended an apology to the players.