Co-Chair of the Women’s March Kicked off Flight
Buckle up, it's going to be a bumpy ride...
This past weekend, Tamika Mallory, co-chair of the Women’s Rights March on Washington was kicked off an American Airlines flight in Miami.
Tamika says, she changed her seat assignment, from middle to aisle, at the airport kiosk. Once she was at the gate, her ticket read middle seat. When she asked the gate agent why the change wasn’t implemented, the agent claimed Mallory was disrespectful to her.
Once she boarded the plane, she was confronted by the pilot, Mallory recalls, “He said to me, ‘Can you get on this flight? Are you going to be a problem on this flight?’ I said, ‘No I’m not. Actually, I’m fine. But I will write my complaint down”.“He looked at me and said, ‘You’re going to get yourself a one-way ticket off this plane.”
No Explanation Needed?
For Mallory, things escalated quickly. Once she was in her seat, the pilot summoned her over the loud speaker. He allegedly pointed at Mallory and said, “Her, off.” According to Mallory, police arrived, and a person she was traveling with was escorted off as well, both given no explanation into why they were being kicked off.
Mallory took to Twitter to voice her complaints, after all the drama surrounding her travels, she missed the wedding she was flying to, that of Reverend Al. Sharpton’s daughter.
American Airlines offered to rebook her flight and a rep for the airline company told the Daily News, “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 continues to share her side of the story, including a detailed Facebook Live post Tuesday night. She recalled her experience and alleges her treatment was due to “white make [sic] aggression”, adding she will “fight this until I die!”. She was met with criticism and discrimination on social media. Many commenters claimed they don’t believe her or don’t understand her frustration, prompting Mallory to tweet screenshots and her rebuttal, “I get kicked off a flight for #FlyingWhileBlack, then am told I probably deserved it, or I must be lying. Because not [sic] one trust black women”.
Other Black women came to her defense on twitter, “Ive faced disrespect, micro aggression, & discrimination while flying on numerous occasions sad to see this happen to my sis” wrote Jotaka Eaddy.
Airlines have been under fire recently, months ago CNN commentator Symone Sanders claims she was trying to check her bag when airline officials called police, with no explanation whatsoever. This past April, Ann Coulter was directed to move her pre-booked seat with no “explanation, compensation, or apology”. Seems like the skies are not so friendly.
This event occurred just days after Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter saw women come forward with the hashtag #metoo, wherein women share their experiences with sexual harassment, assault, violence, and rape.