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NAACP Tells African Americans Not to Fly American Airlines

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On Tuesday, the NAACP warned African-Americans about traveling on American Airlines, having learned of a number of “disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers.”

"The series of recent incidents involve troublesome conduct by American Airlines and they suggest a corporate culture of racial insensitivity and possible racial bias on the part of American Airlines," the civil rights group wrote in the statement. 

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In one incident of mistreatment, an African-American passenger was asked to move to the coach section of a flight even though she had a first-class ticket, while a white woman traveling with her was allowed to stay in first class.

In another instance, an African-American passenger was forced to give up his prebooked seats on a flight after he responded to "discriminatory" comments made to him by white passengers, against whom no measures were taken for their remarks.

Other instances involve an African-American woman being removed from a flight for having her seat changed without her approval and another African-American woman and her baby being removed from a flight after she asked for her stroller to be retrieved from checked baggage. 

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In the statement, the NAACP added that "in light of these confrontations, we have today taken the action of issuing a national advisory alerting travelers — especially African-Americans — to exercise caution, in that booking and boarding flights on American Airlines could subject them to disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions."

In response, American Airlines issued a statement saying, "We are disappointed to hear about this travel advisory as our team members — a diverse community of gate agents, pilots and flight attendants — are proud to serve customers of all backgrounds."

"Every day American [Airlines] is committed to providing a positive, safe travel experience for everyone who flies with us."

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