American Airlines Passenger Calls Racism for Downgrade to Coach


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Ever been downgraded from first class to coach for whatever reason? Well one black Platinum American Airlines passenger faced a downgrade and is now calling the airline racist as they only downgraded her while keeping her white friend in first class.

Details still aren’t clear as to what caused the downgrade, whether first class was sold last minute, or if their was an equipment downgrade, but she’s claiming its based on her race.

When it comes to airline/passengers incidents in the news, we’ve heard of the United dragging a passenger off the plane creating nationwide attention, then a scorpion stung a passenger on a United plane. Next came the suspicious story of how a wedding couple were pulled from their flight and a 3 foot long Rabbit died while in United’s care

American Airlines

Per the Root,

On May 2, Rane Baldwin checked into American Airlines Flight 5389, leaving Kentucky for Charlotte, N.C. Baldwin, a black woman, and her friend Janet Novack, a white woman, were traveling together, and both had first-class seats because Baldwin bought and upgraded the tickets. But unfortunately for Baldwin, she was literally moved to the back of the plane.

As Baldwin and Novack boarded their flight, Baldwin said, she tried to complain to the flight attendant but was completely ignored, unlike Novack. But even when Novack decided to move from first class to sit with Baldwin in the back of the plane, another flight attendant offered Novack another seat elsewhere.

“When I went back to the front to ask what was happening, she said that the first-class cabin was full and that there was nothing she could do,” Baldwin said. “At this point, the plane was fully boarded, but there were multiple empty rows at the front of the main cabin. I ignored my seat assignment, sat at the front, and my friend left first class and came back to join me.

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