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Singer Says SAS Flight Attendant Hit & Racially Profiled Her

Singer Says SAS Flight Attendant Hit & Racially Profiled Her
Meg Butler

Oh boy. This one is a doozy. Singer Azaelia Banks, who you might know from the hit single 212 or from her strange, brief threeway, hostage situation type-thing with Elon Musk and Grimes, has had an eventful flight on SAS.

While traveling from Sweden to Los Angeles, Banks got into an altercation with the woman sitting next to her and the flight attendant. According to Banks, the woman next to her accused her and her boyfriend of joining the mile high club. It’s unclear what happened, exactly, because Banks only started recording after the alleged accusation.

“I’m on the SAS [Scandinavian Airlines] flight and this one lady right here thinks that — she thinks that me and my boyfriend were having sex on the plane,” Azealia says in the clip while the passenger in question tries to cover her face.

Then, we see an SAS crew member approach Banks’ seat. Then, the camera suddenly begins shaking and Azealia Banks yells, “You just hit me! This lady just hit me on the f—— flight.” It could have been the flight attendant, but it’s impossible to tell in the video. But, the caption of her Instagram post says “Hi SAS, I was just racially profiled and assaulted by your staff on a flight back to LA from Stockholm. Please contact me or my team immediately.”

Scandinavian Airlines has confirmed that “an incident on the flight to Los Angeles from Arlanda,” but they seem to point the finger at Azealia Banks with their official statement: “A passenger’s behavior toward other passengers and flight staff caused the legal authorities to be contacted, and they were present when the aircraft landed in Los Angeles. We cannot provide any further information surrounding our passengers onboard.”

FlyerTalk may remember the time back in 2015 when Azealia wound up on our site for getting into an argument with other passengers and the crew on a Delta flight. If you follow Azealia Banks, you might remember the time earlier this year when she claimed she was “banned” from Aer Lingus.

Maybe Azealia should make like Greta Thunberg and try zero-carbon cruises as an alternative, calmer mode of transportation.


[Image Source: Flickr/The 405 (Music & Art)]

View Comments (7)


  1. DCAFly

    August 29, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Sounds like a random d-lister wants to up their profile.

  2. M60_to_LGA

    August 29, 2019 at 9:35 am

    This woman seems to be wrapped up in more drama than the Merchant Ivory catalog. Barring further information, I’m going to side with SAS on this one.

  3. KRSW

    August 29, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Three strikes…can all of the airlines just ban her and be done with it?

  4. cmd320

    August 29, 2019 at 10:58 am

    A non-celebrity starved for attention.

  5. zitsky

    August 29, 2019 at 11:42 am

    I’m sympathetic but this seems a bit fishy. How was she racially profiled?

  6. mvoight

    August 29, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Sure, the FA just decided to walk by an hit a passenger,,,,,,,,,,
    I am doubting that story

  7. jrpallante

    September 11, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Boo hoooo….another spoiled brat who repeatedly finds herself in trouble. How is it that 99.9% of passengers can fly with no troubles whatsoever, while this one continually finds herself in trouble? Her silly rants about racism trivialize actual incidents of racism. If I ran an airline, I would ban this punk.

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