Six passengers who were removed from a Spirit Airlines flight at LAX Airport say they were the victims of racial profiling.
Monday evening while on a flight from Los Angeles to Dallas, three black couples were escorted off the aircraft by police after a flight attendant claimed one person in the group was a threat.
Witnesses say the incident started off as a dispute over a seat. The black passenger in question claimed their seat was accidentally double-booked by the airline. Ty Walker, who was also among the travelers ejected from the flight, told CBS Los Angeles that as the passenger was about to cooperate and switch seats, the stewardess made a rude remark to him.
In response to the bad customer service, the passenger said something along the lines of, “I’m not talking to you, don’t talk to me.”
That’s when Walker said the flight attendant summoned police to escort the man off the flight in retaliation. When the other black passengers spoke up in the passenger’s defense, police officers were called back to boot them off the aircraft as well.
“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,” said Alexandria Wright.
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