ARLINGTON, VA. (WUSA9) - A warning was issued to black people on Tuesday about flying on American Airlines.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) distributed a travel advisory after what they call a "disturbing" trend of discrimination or unfair treatment.
The NAACP wrote its noticed a pattern over the last several months of African Americans being discriminated on American Airlines.
“I was shocked to see it, but I do understand why,” Liberty Canzater said.
The nation’s oldest civil rights organization cautioned African American travelers of what they called “disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions.”
“It's been many years that we thought has passing but you know it still lingers,” Willie Matthews, Jr, who lives in Virginia, said.
The group gave four examples which it believes showed “racial insensitivity and bias.”
One case was on a flight from Washington, DC involving North Carolina Reverend William Barber II.
He has to give up his seat after an argument with two white passengers, according to the NAACP.
Another example involved New York activist Tamika Mallory.
The civil rights organization said she was removed from a plane when she complained about having her seat assignment changed without consent.
American Airlines released a statement on Wednesday morning.
The company said it was disappointed by the travel advisory, and the CEO wrote the company does not tolerate discrimination of any kind.
“Without knowing a lot of the background, without knowing the facts you just don't know,” Patrina Newton explained.
American Airlines only referred WUSA9 to its generic press statement when we asked for more information, but a spokesperson said they are open to meeting with NAACP leaders
“At this moment, it is not having an impact on my decisions going forward,” Newton said.
“This will affect what airlines I choose to fly on,” Canzater said.
“It's nothing wrong to enforce policies or rules. Just make sure it's working for everyone and not just one person,” Morrison said.
The NAACP said the travel advisory is ongoing until further notice, but the organization is not calling for a boycott.
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