The NAACP has warned African-American travelers not to fly American Airlines

On Tuesday, the NAACP released a “National Travel Advisory” warning African-American fliers to take caution when traveling via American Airlines. The statement was released in response to several reports made by African-American passengers to the NAACP regarding “disrespectful” and “discriminatory” behavior from American Airlines staff.

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

The NAACP also listed the numerous incidents reported that suggest, “a corporate culture of racial insensitivity and possible racial bias on the part of American Airlines.”

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Passenger names were not included in the original statement, but using the detailed incident descriptions, The New York Times was able to determine that the four separate events took place between April 2016 and October 2017, as well as identify the people involved.

One such incident involved Rev. William Barber, then president of the North Carolina NAACP, who was removed from an American Airlines flight after “exchanging words with two white passengers.”

Another incident involved passenger Rane Baldwin, who was moved to the back of the plane while her white friend was allowed to stay in her assigned seat in first-class.

Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP, stated, "All travelers must be guaranteed the right to travel without fear of threat, violence or harm. The growing list of incidents suggesting racial bias reflects an unacceptable corporate culture and involves behavior that cannot be dismissed as normal or random."

He added that the travel advisory will stand until American Airlines leadership begins to take “corrective action.”

According to the Times, American Airlines spokeswoman Shannon Gilson stated that the company is “disappointed” and would like to invite NAACP representatives to speak with American Airlines leaders at their Fort Worth headquarters.

"Our team members — a diverse community of gate agents, pilots, and flight attendants — are proud to serve customers of all backgrounds," Gilson stated. "Every day American is committed to providing a positive, safe travel experience for everyone who flies with us."

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker has since sent staff members a message to further drive home that their mission aligns with that of the NAACP.

The NAACP urges those who have experienced similar racially-biased incidents aboard an American Airlines flight to share their story with the organization. Until a meeting of minds happens between the airline and the NAACP to discuss what changes can be made to better the travel experiences of Black passengers, the travel advisory will stay in place.

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