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Black Men Sues American Airlines For Discrimination Against Black Individuals

  • Posted on May 30, 2024
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Three black men sued American Airlines for racial discrimination after being removed from a flight due to a body odor complaint, alleging they were singled out because of their race.


Three black men sued American Airlines in federal court yesterday, contending that they were discriminated against when they were taken off a plane for smelling bad in January. 

Alvin Jackson, Emmanuel Jean Joseph, and Xavier Veal claim that on January 5, they were the only passengers who were taken off the plane after a White flight attendant reported to the captain that there was an African-American passenger whose body odor was terrible. The men who were never sitting together and did not even know each other alleged that they were targeted only because of their color.

”This was a clear case of racist profiling; American Airlines targeted us because we are Black, embarrassed and humiliated us,” the two said on Wednesday. “To this day there is no other reason one can come up with other than the color of the skin; it was racial discrimination at play. ”

In the lawsuit by consumer group Public Citizen, the three men had already boarded the Phoenix-New York flight whereby a flight attendant asked each of them to leave the plane. As they came out, they observed that each other black male passenger was being ejected from the bus too.

At the gate area, after having been told they had been kicked off because of a complaint of body odor from a white flight attendant. The eight passengers who were locked in were finally allowed back in after there were no other flights that night.

However, the lawsuit states that the course of action based on the claim of body odor was a sham and a mere veil for racism. It outlines how the men felt “deep embarrassment, humiliation, anxiety, anger, and distress” to re-board the aircraft and meet other passengers who eyed them as criminals.  

The plaintiffs are now asking for an unspecified monetary award from American Airlines for what they have referred to as the ‘trauma’. America has said it is looking into the allegations it received, which it calls “absolutely inconsistent with our culture and values.

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It is not the first time Americans have been accused of exaggerated racist tendencies. In 2017, the NAACP issued a travel advisory to black people who intended to travel through American Airlines due to the discrimination experienced.

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