A group of passengers made accusations of racial discrimination against American Airlines.
This was reported on Saturday evening by NBC.
According to her, a class-action lawsuit against the airline was filed after its employees removed a black resident of Arizona, Elgin Banks, and several other passengers from the flight.
The incident occurred on May 31 on a flight from Los Angeles (California) to Phoenix (Arizona).
The lawyer of Elgin Banks told the TV station that the man asked the flight attendant in advance if he could change seats, and received permission to do so after boarding was completed. After waiting for the appropriate announcement, he once again asked about the possibility of changing seats, to which the stewardess allegedly rudely told Tom to take his seat.
On the passenger’s words that he was only interested in such a possibility, the flight attendant allegedly told him not to raise his tone, after which security officers removed Banks from the flight, as well as four passengers who spoke on his side. The lawyer clarified that several white passengers were able to transfer without any problems. As specified on Sunday, the portal One America News, the airline apologized to the passenger.
At the same time, as NBC clarified, representatives of American Airlines pointed out that the version of events presented by Elgin Banks and his lawyer does not fully correspond to reality.