LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CBSLA.com) – Six passengers kicked off a Spirit Airlines plane at Los Angeles International Airport Monday night accused a flight attendant of discrimination.
The travelers said they were singled out and booted off the aircraft because they are black.
“I’m really humiliated just for the simple fact that you hear about this type of stuff happening in America, discrimination issues and stuff like that, but to actually experience it first-hand,” said passenger Alexandria Wright.
Witnesses told CBS2/KCAL9’s Tom Wait the passengers were removed from Flight 868 after a white flight attendant accused a member in the group of being a threat.
It started with confusion over a seat, which the travelers claimed was double-booked. Then police came and escorted the three couples, all black, off the plane.
“It was more than just us having the conversation. Why is that six black people got kicked off the plane?” Wright asked.
The flight left for Dallas at 8 p.m. Monday without those six passengers, who said they had not been rebooked as of 11:30 p.m.
After arriving at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, witnesses on the flight told reporters the banned passengers were being disruptive.
Spirit Airlines has not responded to CBSLA’s request for comment.