Yesterday, the NAACP released a statement urging travelers to avoid American Airlines due to claims of discrimination. The Association goes on describe how, after a claims of discrimination, they were monitoring an unfair pattern of treatment toward African American travelers, which include the following findings:
1) An African-American man was required to relinquish his purchased seats aboard a flight from Washington, D.C. to Raleigh-Durham, merely because he responded to disrespectful and discriminatory comments directed toward him by two unruly white passengers;
2) Despite having previously booked first-class tickets for herself and a traveling companion, an African-American woman’s seating assignment was switched to the coach section at the ticket counter, while her white companion remained assigned to a first-class seat;
3) On a flight bound for New York from Miami, the pilot directed that an African-American woman be removed from the flight when she complained to the gate agent about having her seating assignment changed without her consent;
4) An African-American woman and her infant child were removed from a flight from Atlanta to New York City when the woman (incidentally a Harvard Law School student) asked that her stroller be retrieved from checked baggage before she would disembark.
American Airlines actually responded a couple of hours later, saying they in no way discriminate.