>> The NAACP taking a rare step Wednesday, targeting American Airlines for what it calls quote, a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African American passengers. The nation's most prestigious civil rights organization advocating on behalf of African Americans urging black travelers to stay away from American Airlines because they might be subjected to quote, disrespectful, discriminatory, or unsafe conditions.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker responded in a letter to employees seen by Routers, writing, quote, we do not and will not tolerate discrimination at any time. Tensions have been rising since last week, when the #FlyingWhileBlack hashtag began making the rounds on Twitter, after a popular black activist was removed from an American Airlines flight when she complained about a seat change without her consent.
The NAACP pointing out three other incidents, including one where a black passenger booked a first class ticket for her and a companion. The Black woman's seat was switched at the gate to the coach section while her white traveling companion's seat remained in first class. American Airlines looking to address the issues head on after customer service mishaps at airlines grew into a firestorm earlier this year, it says it has contacted the NAACP to set up a meeting.