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Lawsuit says American Airlines kicked 8 Black men off plane, citing body odor

Three of the men sued American Airlines in federal court Wednesday morning

Three Black men sued American Airlines in federal court Wednesday, claiming they were victims of "blatant and egregious race discrimination" after employees ordered them and five other Black men off a plane in January.

Airline representatives told the men, who were traveling from Phoenix to New York, to return to the gate to be rebooked, according to the lawsuit. An employee eventually told them the reason: Someone on the plane had complained about body odor.

When they first were told to leave the plane, the plaintiffs were "annoyed and frustrated that they were getting bumped" and would probably get home late, attorney Michael Kirkpatrick said. Then they realized that all the booted passengers were Black men.


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