Black men sue American Airlines for racial discrimination after being ‘ordered off plane over body odour complaints’

The men did not know each other and were sitting in different parts of the plane when they were ordered off because of a complaint about body odour, according to the lawsuit.

Three black men who were asked to leave a plane after body odour complaints are suing an airline for racial discrimination.

The three passengers were briefly ordered off an American Airlines plane in January – along with five other black men, according to the lawsuit filed on Wednesday.

The claimants said they were told to leave a plane waiting to take off in Phoenix because a flight attendant had complained about a passenger’s body odour.

The men said it appeared they were targeted solely because of their race.

They did not know each other and had been sitting in different parts of the plane when the incident took place.

American Airlines offered to book them on to a different plane but when it became clear there were no other available flights to New York that evening, they were allowed to reboard, according to the lawsuit.

It took about an hour to reboard after being removed.

“If American Airlines received a complaint about a black male passenger with offensive body odour but could not verify the complaint, the solution should not have been to eject eight separate black men from the plane,” said Susan Huhta, who is representing the three men.

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