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NAACP issues travel advisory to African-Americans flying American Airlines

NAACP issues travel advisory to African-Americans flying American Airlines”

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. It said in April 2016, he was flying from Washington D.C.to Raleigh-Durham and had to give up his seat because he responded to "disrespectful and discriminatory" comments from two white passengers.

"We are aware of these incidents only because the passengers involved knew their rights, knew to speak up and exercised the courage to do so promptly", the NAACP statement said. The NAACP says these examples and a couple of others suggest racial bias and can not be dismissed as normal or random.

In another incident an African-American woman was removed from a flight by a pilot after she raised a complaint about having her seating assignment changed without her consent.

In August this year, the group issued its first ever travel advisory for a USA state, Missouri, warning visitors their civil rights could be threatened if they entered the state. The advisory for Missouri - the first of its kind - remained in effect through the end of August, when a law that prompted that travel warning formally went into effect.

An African American woman on another New York-bound flight, this one out of Atlanta, said she and her infant were removed from the flight.

Travelers are warned to "exercise caution, in that booking and boarding flights on American Airlines could subject them disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions".

And the pilot of another flight going to NY from Miami asked that a black passenger be removed after she complained that her seat was changed, the NAACP said.

"We will invite representatives of the NAACP to meet with our team at our headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas", the airline's statement continued.

"Our team members - a diverse community of gate agents, pilots, and flight attendants - are proud to serve customers of all backgrounds", the spokeswoman said.

"All travelers must be guaranteed the right to travel without fear of threat, violence or harm", NAACP President Derrick Johnson said.



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