Activist Tamika Mallory kicked off American Airlines flight by pilot

Carmen Perez, Tamika Mallory, Bob Bland and Linda Sarsour attend the Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall on April 25, 2017, in New York City. (Photo credit: Debby Wong)

Women’s March on Washington co-chair Tamika Mallory was removed from an American Airlines flight by the pilot on Sunday, October 15. The altercation was over a seat assignment. Mallory was leaving the 2017 REVOLT Music Conference held in Miami this weekend.

She told the NY Daily News, “It definitely was white male aggression. I was singled out, I was disrespected, and he was trying to intimidate me. I was discriminated against.”

Mallory had changed her seat from a middle seat to an aisle seat at a kiosk. She arrived at the gate and learned she was placed back in a middle seat. When she inquired about the change, the gate agent was, “nasty” and “disrespectful,” she said.

NEW YORK CITY – JULY 19 2015: National Action Network & SEIU members staged a rally to mark the anniversary of Eric Garner’s death in Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn. Tamika Mallory of NY Justice League (Photo Credit: a katz/shutterstock)

According to Mallory, the pilot interjected and said she was the one who was disrespectful: “Then he said to me, ‘Can you get on this flight? Are you going to be a problem on this flight?’ I said ‘No, I’m not. Actually, I’m fine. But I will write my complaint down,” Mallory said. “He looked at me and said, ‘You’re going to get yourself a one-way ticket off this plane.’”

Joshua Freed, spokesperson for American Airlines, said, “Our team does not tolerate discrimination of any kind. We take these allegations seriously, and we are in the process of reaching out to our colleagues in Miami, as well as Ms. Mallory, to obtain additional information on what transpired during the boarding process.”

Mallory was on her way home to New York for her mentor Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter’s wedding, which she missed.

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25 Comments
  1. I am sure that a pilot has better things on his mind than to single out a woman because she is a woman. It is sad that some woman look forward to pulling out the discrimination card to bring attention to themselves.

      1. Btw, i am white. What pisses me off is that even after hearing only her side of the story, i dont c 1 ounce of proof of discrimination because she was a woman or she was black. I dont respect anyone who pulls out the race card with no proof

          1. A quote from the huffpost:

            “It definitely was white male aggression. I was singled out, I was disrespected, and he was trying to intimidate me,” Mallory told the New York Daily News on Monday. “I was discriminated against.”

            Do u need the source?

          2. So where is your proof that he didn’t try to intimidate by approaching her and calling her a n-word…I’ll wait….

          3. Interesting!! First u ask me to prove she is using the race card. I send u a youtube link proving exactly what i said. Since that argument didn’t work, now u are asking me to prove he never used the n-word. I promise u that had the pilot used the n-word, this little entitled brat would have said so by now. Furthermore, as I said at the beginning of our conversation (and u were willing to play along with up until now) : “In my world, u give proof (or details) before making accusations”
            Bad things happen to everyone, black or white, man or woman.

          4. Honestly I never looked at that youtube s#!t you put up…you just talk like you were there and like you “know it all”..prove(as you say) that the guy did not try to intimidate her by approaching her and verbally assaulting her by using racial slurs…still waiting….

          5. First of all, she herself has talked a lot about what happened in this article and as well as others. Nothing she said shows any racism. Had the pilot used racial slurs, u don’t think she would have mentioned it by now.
            Second of all, she had 2 confrontations with the pilot, both times they were speaking in the presence of others. Had he been a racist, do u think he was going to insult her with racial slurs in front of everyone.

            From reading her words, i c a person who feels she was mistreated. Thats it. Nothing else to c there.

          6. “From reading her words, I c a person who feels she was mistreated”. That is not ‘proof’..that is an ‘opinion’. You have failed to show ‘proof’ which makes all of your previous statements ‘sh!+’

          7. U pick out one line of all my statements and ignore the rest to make an argument. I guess u never looked at all her videos either. I guess u will c the truth when her lawsuit is rejected.

          8. Because the rest of your statements are pure sh!+. We are not talking about all her videos on YouTube..we are talking about an incident. You can’t even stay on target let alone show proof…your drawers are exposed and everyone knows the you don’t know wtf you are talking about.

    1. no dude not here not now , we dont need you getting your whte butt on line hiding behind your words like a punk , thats what you and your people believe this is the evil belief were destroying . with her coming out its time for all woman to make a stand and her story helps , she was within her rights you pay for seats you should be able to sit down , thatw why the chinese man flipped out .. you cant just keep mistreating the people who built america

      1. No dude- you need to stop hiding behind the race card. NOTHING in what SHE stated happened depicts RACISM. ‘You and your people’ do that all the time,it’s getting old… if someone is legitimately being racist then they need to be called out, but PLEASE STOP making every little thing about race. It is ‘you and your people’ who are racist.

  2. preach girl white males are not only a dangerous threat to black men they also have been known to win over a black womans complaint happen to me more then once . when a snobby white italian male almost cost me my job when he decided he was gonna be more then a customer , and he was gonna show his shovenist behaviior and the job rode with him saying he was in his rights when he was not , i think italina white males are the most racist of all of them . irish french dutch , non of them are as nasty as italians . period .. italians are know to the be the most agreessive with their slaves back during slavery ,, they say abreham lincoln was italian not sure ,

  3. Tamika Mallory sounds like an entitled brat looking for a reason to be offended.

    If there is a problem with a seat change made at a kiosk, there is a good chance that she didn’t complete the process correctly. Airlines screw up a lot of things, but they usually get seat assignments right because they are eager to charge more for decent seats, especially if you are changing from a less preferred seat.

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