Spirit Airlines Accused of Discrimination
Several Black passengers kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight in Los Angeles have accused a flight attendant of discrimination.
The travelers said they were singled out and removed from the aircraft because of their race.
“I’m really humiliated just for the simple fact that you hear about this type of stuff happening in America, discrimination issues and stuff like that, but to actually experience it first-hand… ” passenger Alexandria Wright told CBS Los Angeles.
According to witnesses, the passengers were removed from Flight 868 after a white flight attendant accused one of them of being a threat.
Cell phone video provided by Wright shows the man involved in a dispute over a seat, which was believed to be double booked, telling police that witnesses could attest to the attendant being rude.
Spirit released the following statement to CBS News on the incident:
“Four passengers became unruly and were causing trouble with other passengers. Flight crew asked them to stop. When they did, not law enforcement was called and they were removed from the flight.”
The passengers say that a total of three couples (six passengers) were escorted off the plane, not four.
“It was more than just us having the conversation. Why is that six black people got kicked off the plane?” Wright asked.
The flight left for Dallas at 8 p.m. local time Monday without those six passengers. As of 11:30 Monday night, they had not been rebooked.