- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Seven black passengers who were kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Dallas on Monday are alleging racial discrimination.

Los Angeles International Airport police initially escorted a black couple off Flight 868 shortly after 7:15 p.m. local time because a white flight attendant allegedly accused a male passenger of causing a disturbance and being a threat, a local ABC News affiliate reported.

The couple was asked to deplane but initially refused. Responding LAX police spoke with the couple, who then cooperated, walked off the plane and were rebooked on another flight.

“It’s a business dispute,” LAX police spokesman Rob Pedregon told the New York Daily News. “It’s up to (Spirit) to define what is disruptive.”

Five other black passengers were then asked to leave after they began questioning the couple’s treatment, the spokesman said. They also deplaned and were rebooked on another flight the next day. No arrests were made.

“They were talking about the incident and making assumptions and were asked to leave at that point,” Mr. Pedregon said, refusing to respond to allegations that the airline discriminated against the passengers, the Daily News reported.

Alexandra Wright, who was among those who were kicked off the flight, said she felt like the group was targeted for being black.

“I’m really humiliated just of the simple fact that you hear about this kind of stuff in America, you know, discrimination issues,” she told ABC. “But to actually experience it first-hand?”

Other passengers said the situation was handled properly and the five other passengers who left the plane only did so because they were all part of the same party.



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