American Airlines finds itself in hot water after the airline is accused of racially profiling passengers who they claim tried to steal blankets on board. The incident occurred onboard American Eagle flight 3756 from Dallas to Sioux Falls, where two first class passengers were kicked off the flight by a flight attendant.
The International Business Times describes what happened:
Two unidentified first-class passengers gave Teague and Burrell their blankets as they headed to their section, according to the Undefeated. When the players took their seats in coach, a flight attendant, who appeared to be black, questioned them regarding the blankets, which lead to an argument.
The flight attendant demanded both of these passengers be deplaned, causing the players to miss a team dinner.
“We apologize for what occurred on this flight,” American Airlines spokesman Joshua Freed told The Undefeated. “We take pride in bringing people together, and we know that on this flight we let some of our customers down. Our team at American, along with Envoy Air, is reviewing what happened and will be reaching out to [the two players and the assistant coach].”
The incident comes after the NAACP alleged several incidents of racial profiling against black passengers on American Airlines flights this year. The civil rights group claimed that the airlines unfairly removed several black passengers. They issued a “travel advisory” in October that urged black travelers against using the company.