- Sha’Carri Richardson supposedly faced rejection from an American airline.
- She was asked by a flight attendant to switch her cell phone to flight mode, but a dispute arose when the attendant insisted on checking her phone, leading to her removal from the flight.
- An airline representative mentioned that the customer was provided an alternative flight, and an investigator has been in contact to gather more information.
The Sha’Carri Richardson flight attendant controversy has sparked discussion online.
American track athlete Sha’Carri Richardson was reportedly asked to leave an American aircraft.
According to Richardson’s Instagram post, the incident began when a crew member instructed her to refrain from using her phone.
During the safety demonstration, he repeatedly looked at her cell phone and insisted on verifying if it was in flight mode.
“While conducting the safety protocols, he continuously leaned over to observe my phone,” Richardson stated in an Instagram story tagging American Airlines. “He demanded to see if my phones were in airplane mode. I complied in his presence.”
When a conflict arose over putting her cell phone in flight mode, Richardson found it intolerable that the flight attendant was prying into her phone and confronted him.
Tensions escalated when Sha’Carri began recording the flight attendant’s behavior. She resisted the crew members’ demand to put down her phone, claiming that she was trying to document her own video.
Sha’Carri remarked, “I would have followed instructions, but his unprofessional tone and invasive gestures were unacceptable.”
A few minutes later, Richardson was approached by a flight attendant who instructed her to leave the aircraft. The justification given was, “The captain has requested your removal from the plane.”
“Does the captain have knowledge of the prior altercation? Do they comprehend the disrespect I encountered and my feeling of being unsafe?”
Richardson believed it was unjust for the captain to request her removal from the plane due to the attendant’s “disrespectful” conduct.
Her footage captures applause as she exits the plane, causing disruption for several passengers who missed their connecting flights.
An airline spokesperson informed that the customer was accommodated on another flight, and an investigator has initiated contact to gather more details about the incident.