Thursday, 28 December 2017

American Airlines sorry over professional basketball players theft claim

American Airlines has apologised to two professional basketball players who were kicked off a flight after being wrongly accused of theft.

Marquis Teague and Trahson Burrell boarded a plane on Christmas Eve, en route to a game.

But before take off, a flight attendant claimed the men had taken blankets from the first class cabin, and they were forced off the plane.

It later emerged the pair had been given the blankets by passengers.

Twitter post by @Dhouse35: It’s 2017 and a Flight attendant for @AmericanAir sees 2 young black athletes with blankets from first class, his 1st comment is “did you steal them” how about you teach people to get the facts first before jumping to conclusions. 🤔#beingblackinamerican

Both of the basketball players are African American, as was the flight attendant involved.
Neither of the athletes, who play for the National Basketball Association's minor league team Memphis Hustle, has commented on the incident.

But Hustle assistant coach Darnell Lazere tweeted that he believed the incident was driven by race.

The players were flying from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Sioux Falls, South Dakota on a flight operated by Envoy Air, a subsidiary of American Airlines.

American Airlines spokesman Joshua Freed said the carrier was now reviewing the incident.

Marquis Teague (left) and Trahson Burrell (right) - picture playing for former clubs
     Marquis Teague                       Trahson Burrell

"We apologise for what occurred on this flight. We take pride in bringing people together, and we know that on this flight we let some of our customers down," he said.

BBC        News.