Airline Ejects Black Players, Falsely Assuming Thievery
Call it blanket discrimination. Two young Black players for the NBA G League’s Memphis Hustle were flying economy on American Airlines on Christmas Eve when some first class passengers gave the pair their blankets. But a flight attendant noted the posh amenities, accused them of stealing and kicked them off the plane. The incident corroborates the NAACP’s advisory this fall warning people of color that American Airlines has a reputation for pre-judging passengers. The two men were later flown first class to their destination, and the airline has apologized.