fly the unfriendly skies
Issuing travel advisories is usually the TSA's job. But on Tuesday, the NAACP issued a different kind of travel advisory, warning black passengers against flying American Airlines.
Here's an excerpt from the social justice group's statement:
The NAACP for several months now has been monitoring a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers, specific to American Airlines. In light of these confrontations, 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. [NAACP]
The statement cited four incidents where black passengers were forced to give up their seats or leave a flight altogether.
American Airlines released a statement Wednesday saying it was "disappointed" to hear about the advisory and "are eager to meet with (the NAACP) to listen to their issues and concerns."
The advisory will remain in effect until further notice.