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voiceofreason
11-03-2015, 06:56 AM
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/11/02/six-passengers-were-kicked-off-plane-at-lax-accused-of-being-unruly-they-claim-discrimination/

6 Passengers Kicked Off Plane at LAX Accused Of Being Unruly Claim Discrimination


November 2, 2015 11:30 PM

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LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CBSLA.com) – Six passengers kicked off a Spirit Airlines plane at Los Angeles International Airport Monday night accused a flight attendant of discrimination.:rolleyes:

The travelers said they were singled out and booted off the aircraft because they are black.

“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 passenger Alexandria Wright.

Witnesses told CBS2/KCAL9’s Tom Wait the passengers were removed from Flight 868 after a white flight attendant accused a member in the group of being a threat.

It started with confusion over a seat, which the travelers claimed was double-booked. Then police came and escorted the three couples, all black, off the plane.

“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. Monday without those six passengers, :cool:who said they were had not been rebooked as of 11:30 p.m.

After arriving at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, witnesses on the flight told reporters the banned passengers were being disruptive.:bongo:

The Bobster
11-03-2015, 04:23 PM
http://nypost.com/2015/11/03/passengers-removed-from-overbooked-flight-allege-discrimination/

Spooks on a plane: Passengers removed from overbooked flight ook 'scrimination
By Associated Press
November 3, 2015 | 1:42pm

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LOS ANGELES — Officers escorted a man and his girlfriend off a plane after he became upset when his seat was double-booked, and five other passengers were removed when they protested his treatment, airport police said Tuesday.

The incidents occurred Monday evening as Spirit Airlines Flight 868 was boarding at Los Angeles International Airport for a trip to Dallas, according to Officer Rob Pedregon.

The couple was offered two other seats together on the same plane, but the male passenger remained unruly and police were called, Pedregon said.

“The man was not happy,” Pedregon said. “He got irate and started to raise his voice.”

The couple eventually agreed to leave the plane and was rebooked on another flight later Monday, he said.

The captain asked five other passengers to leave the plane when they argued with a flight attendant about the couple’s treatment, according to Pedregon.

They were given hotel vouchers and booked on a flight to Dallas on Tuesday, Pedregon said.

Passenger Alexandria Wright told KCBS-TV that she and the others were booted because they are black. :rolleyes:

“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,” Wright said. :rolleyes:

No arrests were made. :mad: The second group of passengers apparently didn’t know the couple, Pedregon said.

A call and an email seeking comment from a Spirit spokesperson were not immediately returned Tuesday.

voiceofreason
11-03-2015, 08:51 PM
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/11/03/spirit-airlines-investigating-claims-of-discrimination-after-8-black-passengers-were-kicked-off-plane-at-lax/


Spirit Airlines Investigating Claims Of Discrimination After 8 Black Passengers Were Kicked Off Plane At LAX
November 3, 2015 5:47 PM

LAX (CBSLA.com) — A budget airline said Tuesday it is investigating claims of discrimination after eight black passengers were kicked off a flight at Los Angeles International Airport.

Spirit Airlines released a statement: “We are expeditiously investigating this incident. Spirit does not tolerate any form of discrimination. Our primary concern is always the safety of our customers and team members.”

The dispute began shortly after 7 p.m. Monday when a black couple brought attention to a flight attendant about a double-booked seat, according to Officer Rob Pedregon of Los Angeles Airport Police.

The flight crew moved the couple to another row. But the male passenger was still upset. “The man was not happy,” Pedregon said. “He got irate and started to raise his voice.” That was when police were called, and they escorted the man and his girlfriend off Flight 868 to Dallas.

Tyler Grasso captured the drama on his mobile phone. “As I started to pay attention, I noticed they were trying to kick this couple off the front of the plane,” he said.

When other passengers came to the couple’s defense and raised their concerns with a flight attendant, the captain asked six of them, all black, to leave the aircraft, too. They were given hotel vouchers and booked on a flight to Dallas the next day, Pedregon said. The second group of passengers apparently didn’t know the couple, he said.

Grasso said “A few of them just asked to speak to a supervisor, which proceeded to them getting kicked off the plane. Just didn’t make sense.”

CBS2/KCAL9’s Jeff Nguyen spoke to Rufus :pBroomfield, who was one of the people in the second group. “Totally disrespectful. I don’t feel as though I gave them any reason to treat me the way that I was treated,” Broomfield said he was deplaned even though he had nothing to do with the dispute. He said he had to pay another airline for a flight to Dallas on Tuesday morning.

“They probably didn’t want to take a chance on this thing escalating,” said retired pilot Capt. Ross Aimer and CEO of Aero Consulting Experts. He said flight crews are trained to deal with heated situations, but he has seen a lack of civility on flights because airlines are simply packing too many people in their cabins.

The man, in the white T-shirt as shown on Grasso’s video, and his girlfriend were eventually rebooked on another flight, Pedregon said.