#FlyingWhileBlack: Black Woman Escorted Off Plane, Flight Attendant Felt “Threatened”

March 28, 2016  |  

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Last week Imani Cezanne, the 2016 Women Of The World Poetry Slam Champion, boarded an American Airlines flight headed to Atlanta, Georgia from North Carolina.

While other passengers were boarding the flight, she observed a couple being removed from their exit row seats because they didn’t speak English. After seeing the couple be placed in other seats, Cezanne turned to speak to another passenger about the incident. Seeing this, the flight attendant came to Cezanne and asked her if she will be a problem.

According to Mark Pygas’ Distractify Article, Cezanne responded to the flight attendant, asking: “Are you going to be a problem? Why would you ask me that?” The flight attendant reportedly went to get a manager immediately after Cezanne’s remark and the manager then came to escort Cezanne off the plane. When asked why she was being removed, the manager told her that the flight attendant felt threatened although Cezanne claims she was not disorderly and nothing about her appearance would be deemed  threatening, except her “black body.” In a series of tweets, Cezanne noted what happened afterward:

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After hours of tweeting and being stranded, Cezanne revealed that an American Airlines customer service representative contacted her five hours after she sent them her record locator via Twitter.

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Currently, Cezanne will be pursuing a lawsuit against American Airlines for discrimination:

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To read Cezanne’s entire #FlyingWhileBlack tweets, click here.

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