Should Minorities Fly American Airlines?

NAACP issues warning about African Americans flying with American Airlines, due to discriminatory reports.

Carmen White, Photo Editor

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On October 25, the NAACP issued a warning to African Americans against traveling with American Airlines, after what they describe as disturbing incidents. The NAACP later described the incidents as “disrespectful, discriminatory, and unsafe”. According to Buzzfeed News, the NAACP has been monitoring the repetitive incidents reported by African American passengers. In the article, it was quoted by the NAACP that “In light of these confrontations, we have today taken the action of issuing national advisory alerting travelers—especially African Americans—to exercise caution…” After this warning was issued, attention was gained by CEO of American Airlines, Doug Parker. In a memo provided to Buzzfeed News, he expressed his deepest sympathy about the recent discrimination that has taken place under American Airlines. “The mission statement of th states that it ‘seeks to remove all barriers of racial discrimination, and that’s a mission that the people of American Airlines endorse every day ” says Parker. After this, the company reached out to the NAACP wanting to “meet with them to discuss and listen to their concerns”.

Spokesperson Shannon Gilson has also stated that the company plans to invite members of the NAACP to meet at their headquarters, located in Fort Worth, Texas. Tamika Mallory, who is a civil rights leader for the NAACP stated on a radio show that members of the civil rights community would be involved in the meeting to ensure “we are giving appropriate policy recommendations to American Airlines”. In the article on Buzzfeed News, the NAACP gave examples of discriminatory situations that have been reported to the NAACP through incidents under American Airlines, like the one involving Rev. William Barber who was escorted off of his flight for responding to discriminatory comment directed towards him from two white passengers. In another incident, a woman’s seating assignment was changed to a lower class, despite her booking first-class tickets. The white person’s remained unchanged in the situation, despite the woman’s advanced booking.  To read more about these incidents and about the warning, click here.