On Sunday, a New York activist was kicked off a flight after an argument over seats.
According to reports, Tamika Mallory was on her way to New York from Miami after the Revolt Music Conference. Upon her arrival to the airport, Mallory revealed that she used the kiosk to change her middle seat to an aisle seat. However, when she got to the gate, she received a new ticket with another middle seat. She then inquired about her seat change, to which the staff reportedly responded in a “nasty” and “disrespectful” way. While, Mallory was irritated at the inconvenience and disrespect of the American Airlines employee, she proceeded pass the gate-worker.
However, unbeknownst to her, a pilot overheard the entire exchange and approached Mallory about her behavior with the gate-worker. The unnamed pilot told her that the employee had “nothing to do” with the seat change, and it was her (Mallory) that was being disrespectful in the dispute.
He then asked, “Can you get on this flight? Are you going to be a problem on this flight,” prompting Mallory to respond, saying, “No, I’m not. Actually I’m fine. But I will write my complaint down.”
“You’re going to get yourself a one-way ticket off this plane,” he responded, just before Mallory finally boarded the plane. However, after finally sitting in her unwanted seat, she heard her name over the loud speaker. When she got to the front of the plane, she was told that she was being removed. She then asked why, and began to cry.
Mallory said she was never given an explanation, just a police escort off the plane. The person that was traveling with her as well was kicked off the aircraft as well.
“Doesn’t matter how much we do and how hard we fight, white men are allowed to treat black women like sh*t,” Mallory wrote on Twitter. “Other ppl stand by and watch it happen because it doesn’t affect them. If I have to fight alone, @AmericanAir will NEVER GET AWAY W/ This,” she added, telling NY Daily News that the pilot’s actions were “white male aggression.”
“Every @AmericanAIr rep I’ve talked to told me the pilot mishandled the situation. He had no business getting involved in a seat dispute,” she added, prompting a spokesperson for the airline to respond, as she also revealed that he tried to intimidate her in his discrimination against her.
“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,” the spokesperson said.