A Black woman claims she was booted off a Southwest Airlines flight due to a racist flight attendant. A witness claimed she was not wearing a mask when she used the lavatory, but other passengers were not removed for the same offense.
Southwest Airlines Racism? Passenger Claims Southwest Threw Her Off Because She Was Black, Not Due To Mask Compliance
The incident took place on on a Southwest Airlines flight from Denver to Chicago last Thursday. In graphic video, the passenger is seen confronting customer service agents then addressing other passengers before leaving. As she screams at the flight attendant, her friend tries to pull her off the aircraft. But she turns to the other passengers, tells them they have just witnessed racism, then implores them to post pictures and video online.
“Who’s processing my refund? Because now I’ve got to buy another flight for no f***ing reason, so process the refund.”
She later added:
“F*** you. F*** all of you because that’s racist as f***. I don’t like racism!
“Everybody in here is gonna know whoever the f***ing flight attendant is, he was racist and he was mad for two seconds I didn’t have a mask on because I went to a restroom.
“I put a mask on. I’m sitting here in compliance, and he tells me to get off the flight. So, y’all have a good flight, but this is what happens when you’re black in America.
As her companion tried to lead her off, she said:
“No! I’m tired. I paid my money. F*** all of y’all… You’re gonna come to me with a mask covering my nose and my mouth and tell me to get off the flight because the flight attendant feels uncomfortable, because he’s white. F*** you.
“Y’all enjoy your flight. This is what happens when you’re black in America. You guys all witnessed it. For the first time, when you’re black in America they’ll tell you to get off the flight.”
Signaling that she paid more for priority boarding, she added:
“A2 and A3, I paid an extra $80 for these … I’ve gotta go to work tomorrow. Now I gotta find another flight when I had a mask on my face.”
Before leaving, she said:
“Y’all have a safe flight and I love everybody on here and God bless every person on this flight.”
It isn’t clear what occurred before filming began. The woman is clearly upset, is not wearing her mask properly (lowering it below her nose and mouth), and eventually hurls it at Southwest ground staff. She can be heard claiming she was wearing it and removed it just for a moment to use the lavatory.
However Sergio Workman, another passenger onboard who took the video above, told the UK Daily Mail:
“I felt the airline was discriminating only because they did not give her a fair chance to comply, simply resorted to removing her and her guest from the plane.
“There were no other passengers actively not wearing their masks but I did witness and hear multiple occasions where passengers were given a chance to correct their face covering versus being removed from the plane.”
Southwest has not commented on the after.
That last point is key. Not that there is any justification for screaming and cursing at anyone, but anger is certainly understandable if others are given a chance to correct their mask issues but she was not. I’d like to think flight attendants would not be so capricious as to not give passengers at least one chance to correct their face masks, but we know that does not always happen.
If you were on this flight, please comment below. What did you observe onboard?