The NAACP has issued an advisory statement telling African-Americans about traveling on American Airlines. Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland).
WASHINGTON — Civil rights leaders met Tuesday with American Airlines executives to discuss the NAACP’s travel advisory about the carrier issued a week earlier.
NAACP CEO Derrick Johnson said the introductory meeting outlined “the need for meaningful corrective action” to prevent incidents that spurred the advisory, which warned about incidents of alleged discrimination, but didn’t call for a boycott of the country’s largest airline.
“We had a full and frank dialogue, but words are no substitute for action,” Johnson said. “The NAACP looks forward to continuing its work with American Airlines to ensure that African-American customers are not subjected to racially discriminatory treatment.”
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker had told investors during an earnings call Oct. 26 that the airline strives to bring people together and welcomed the opportunity to serve as a leader in diversity talks.
“We welcomed the opportunity to meet and had a positive and productive dialogue,” American spokeswoman Shannon Gilson said of the meeting. “We look forward to continuing the conversation and working together.”
The NAACP issued a travel warning Oct. 24 to African Americans about flying on American after “monitoring a pattern of disturbing incidents.”
The incidents included a man removed from a flight after a dispute with other passengers, a change in seat assignment that moved a woman from first class to coach and the removal of a woman who complained about her seat assignment being changed.
Attending the meeting were Johnson, NAACP General Counsel Brad Berry, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation CEO Melanie Campbell, Women’s March organizer Tamika Mallory, rapper Mysonne Linen and civil rights lawyer Royce Russell.
They met in Washington with Parker and Kerry Philipovitch, American’s senior vice president of customer experience.
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