Flying on airlines isn’t getting any easier. The latest airline drama occurred when an American Airlines pilot kicked New York activist Tamika Mallory off a flight after a seating issue.
Tamika Mallory a co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, and an activist for gun control and civil rights was on her way from Miami to New York. She had been in the Florida city for the Revolt Music Conference and was headed to NYC as a guest at the wedding of Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter.
Mallory explains that the pilot singled her out after she had an argument with a gate agent, which had been resolved.
According to Mallory, “It definitely was white male aggression. I was singled out, I was disrespected, and he was trying to intimidate me. I was discriminated against.”
“Our team does not tolerate discrimination of any kind,” American Airlines spokesman Joshua Freed said. “We take these allegations seriously, and we are in the process of reaching out to our colleagues in Miami, as well as Ms. Mallory, to obtain additional information on what transpired during the boarding process.”
Mallory explains that when she arrived at the airport she used a self-help kiosk to change her seat from a middle to an aisle. At the gate, she was issued another ticket for the middle seat and an argument ensued when Mallory asserts that the gate agent was “nasty” and “disrespectful.” Mallory then thought that the incident was over until the pilot, who had overheard part of the exchange, prevented her from getting on the flight.
The pilot explained that the gate agent had nothing to do with the seat change and called Mallory “disrespectful.”
Mallory eventually found her seat before being called to the front of the plane and being booted off. Mallory’s travel companion was also kicked off the flight.
Mallory says that her tweets attracted the attention of American Airlines, who rescheduled her flight but have yet to provide an explanation of why she was kicked off in the first place.