Tamika Mallory, the womens march co-founder kicked off an American Airlines flight enroute to Al Sharpton’s daughter’s wedding, and which precipitated the NAACP ‘travel warning’ against American turns out to have been “screaming f-bombs…in front of kids” on the flight.
I was just removed from an .@americanairlines flight because of white make aggression. I will fight this until I die!
— Tamika D. Mallory (@TamikaDMallory) October 15, 2017
American is thanking the NAACP for interest helping them become better because there’s no win in disputing the facts (some claims the NAACP made in justifying the warning are flat out false).
There is unquestionably unconscious bias at airlines, as at any company. With over 100,000 employees some will act differently towards a customer based on race despite the best efforts and intentions of management.
And “flying while Muslim” is definitely a thing in air travel it’s a shame that’s getting short-shrift in this discussion.
American is no worse than other airlines though, but appears to have been singled out largely because of the influence of Ms. Mallory. So it seems important to know that,
Another passenger has come forward about their experience on the American Airlines flight that Mallory was kicked off of, telling the activist, “I was on this flight with you, you were screaming f-bombs at the staff in front of kids. Everyone cheered when you left.”
…[The] passengers on the first row to the left had a toddler that they were trying to shield from the language and threats Ms.Mallory was shouting at the crew,” the passenger told Heavy in a private message.
A second passenger contacted Heavy on October 25 to verify this version of events.
…”Tamika was rude before she boarded the plane, and was loudly yelling at the stewardess, who was clearly distraught and nearly in tears. The pilot was simply protecting his colleague.”
While American is smart not to focus on the specifics — like the NAACP claiming they downgraded a paid first class passenger because of their race when that passenger had purchased a coach ticket, received an operational upgrade, but was returned to coach when their flight was cancelled and they were put on a new itinerary — I hope American doesn’t make donations to various organizations as part of ‘showing good faith’ and getting the travel warning rescinded. Because that’s a shake down.