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Imani Cezanne Claims She Was Kicked Off American Airlines For Wearing Black Lives Matter Shirt

Flying from Charlotte to Atlanta, Imani Cezanne was asked if she “would be a problem during the flight”

Claims she was kicked off the plane because she was wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt

Imani Cezanne, who claims she was kicked off an American Airlines flight because she was wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt, pictured Photo Credit: Daily Mail
Imani Cezanne, who claims she was kicked off an American Airlines flight because she was wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt, pictured
Photo Credit: Daily Mail

A female African American writer and activist was kicked off an American Airlines flight early Friday morning, a removal she claims occurred because of a Black Lives Matter shirt she was wearing at the time.

Imani Cezanne was travelling from Charlotte to Atlanta on Friday when she says she was unexpectedly removed from the flight.

Initially, the confrontation started when the passengers seated next to her in the exit row had to be moved to different seats because they did not speak English and would be unable to communicate proper evacuation instructions in the event of an emergency, as per airline policy.

Cezanne then says she was “interrupted” by a flight attendant who asked her “Are you going to be a problem?”

After this interaction, Cezanne detailed that the flight attendant stormed off and returned with a manager who wanted her to be escorted from the plane. “Nothing about my voice, tone, body language, communicated threatening. Other than, of course, this Black body.”

A spokesman for American Airlines said they were working with Cezanne to resolve the issue. “An unruly passenger was removed from American Eagle Flight 5192, operated by PSA Airlines, from Charlotte to Atlanta due to failure to comply with crew member instructions. The passenger refused to exit the aircraft when asked, so local law enforcement was called. We will work the customer to resolve the issue. American Airlines values diversity and we do not discriminate for any reason.’

In January, American Airlines was sued for $9 million in a different racial discrimination claim alleging that a group of men were kicked off the plane after flight attendants felt “uneasy.”

An abridged transcript of Cezanne’s full accounts has been released below:

 

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3 comments

  1. Pleading corporate mentality instead of racism is interesting. Really shows you who benefits from that mentality.

  2. Okay, there is a really glaring part missing from this story. Why did the attendant say, are you going to be a problem? Was she just calmly sitting there and the attendant stopped what they were doing and looked at her for no reason and say, are you going to be a problem? I think not.

    • Valid question. We are working on trying to find that information out but, presently, it doesn’t seem like anybody has additional insights on exactly what happened.