Track and field star Sha’Carri Richardson was booted from an American Airlines flight on Saturday after a verbal altercation with a crew member.
“Prior to the video this gentleman asked me to get off a cell phone call, I did,” the 22-year-old said on social media. “I stated to him I didn’t like the tone he used with me. Following that while standing in front of me doing the safety protocols he continued to lean over to look at my phone. He asked to see that my phones were in airplane mode at this point. He demanded that me show him. Which I did in front of him.”
When the flight attendant allegedly demanded that Richardson stop recording the interaction, she said he was harassing her and that he “should stop.”
“Y’all see him right? Y’all see him right? Y’all see him right? I’m sorry, it’s not me,” Richardson told passengers on the plane. “Talk to him. No ma’am. Do not talk to me like that. I’m an adult. Do not talk to me like that. Do not talk to me like that. Tell him to stop. If you do not know what’s going on, do not yell at me.”
While she was speaking to another passenger about the incident, someone said to her, “Thank you, by the way. I’m missing my connecti[ng flight].”
“Oh, so you’re worried about a connection when a grown man is disrespecting me?” she snapped back.
Richardson hinted that she could pursue legal action over the ordeal.
When she was kicked off the flight, some passengers could be heard cheering.
In a statement, an American Airlines spokesperson said, “We reaccommodated the customer on a later flight and a member of our team has reached out to learn more.”
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Track star Sha’Carri Richardson was kicked off a AA flight for arguing with Flight Attendant and recorded the whole incident. pic.twitter.com/LEOhcRvyne
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Richardson also demanded to know if the male flight attendant would be removed.
“So he’s not being removed after being unprofessional and having his hand in my face?” she said. “So I’m being removed off the plane without even being explained of why?”
When she asked for his name, he told her that she was not allowed to record.
The track star then requested the flight attendant’s name, to which he again told her she was not allowed to record.
“No, but you jumped in my video, that’s what started this whole thing and the video shows you jumped in my video and invaded my privacy, you know that right?” she told him. “So it’s a possibility you can lose your job because I have evidence.”