N.A.A.C.P. Warns Black Passengers Against Flying on American Airlines


The organization declined to name the passengers involved but described each episode in detail. They were the subject of news reports published between April 2016 and October 2017.

• Rev. William Barber, who at the time was the president of the organization’s North Carolina chapter, was removed from a flight after exchanging words with two white passengers.

• Rane Baldwin, who had first class tickets, was moved to the back of a plane while her white friend was permitted to stay up front.

• Tamika Mallory, an activist and co-president of the Women’s March, was removed from a plane after questioning why her seat assignment had been changed.

• Briana Williams, a student at Harvard Law School, was removed from a plane, along with her infant child, after an argument over a stroller.

A spokeswoman for American Airlines said that the company was “disappointed” to learn of the advisory.

“Our team members — a diverse community of gate agents, pilots, and flight attendants — are proud to serve customers of all backgrounds,” the spokeswoman, Shannon Gilson, said in a statement. “Every day American is committed to providing a positive, safe travel experience for everyone who flies with us.”

Ms. Gilson said that N.A.A.C.P. representatives would be invited to American Airlines headquarters in Fort Worth, Tex., to discuss the issue.

“We are committed to having a meaningful dialogue about our airline, and are ready to both listen and engage,” she said.

On Wednesday, the airline sent a message to employees signed by its chief executive, Doug Parker, emphasizing that the company’s mission was in line with that of the N.A.A.C.P. and that it would not “tolerate discrimination of any kind.”

This is the second high-profile travel advisory the N.A.A.C.P. has issued in the last several months. In August, it urged African-Americans to avoid the state of Missouri, citing discriminatory laws and practices. It was the first statewide travel advisory ever issued by the organization.

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