US airline suspends staff after black men start flight

US airline suspends staff after black men start flight

Several American Airlines employees have been suspended for their involvement in an incident in which black passengers were removed from a flight following a body odor complaint.
Three passengers filed a lawsuit against the airline in May, alleging racial discrimination in the Jan. 5 incident.

In a note to employees, CEO Robert Isom said the incident was unacceptable and that the company “failed” to live up to its commitment to customers.

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“We are holding those involved accountable, including removing team members from service,” the airline said in a statement.
The company has also announced a number of initiatives aimed at preventing such incidents from occurring, including an “advisory group” focused on the experience of black passengers.
In the May lawsuit, three men, who were not seated together and did not know each other, said all the black men were removed from the flight between Phoenix, Arizona, and New York City.
In total eight passengers were evacuated.
“American Airlines singled us out for being black, shamed and humiliated us,” they said in a statement.
The three men, Alvin Jackson, Emmanuel Jean Joseph and Xavier Veal, were eventually allowed to resume their seats on their original flight.