Boxer “disgusted” with American Airlines over mask dispute: “So disrespectful”

Amy Christie

A British boxer called American Airlines “disgusting’ after he was removed with a colleague from a flight due to a conflict over masks.

What are the details?

Amir Khan posted a video on social media saying he was on his way to a training camp in Colorado Springs on Saturday. He and his colleague were traveling from New Jersey when they were kicked off the flight, according to Insider.

“Obviously a complaint was made by American Airlines staff. They said that my colleague's mask was not high enough and not up, that they had to stop the plane and take me and my friend off when I did nothing wrong,” he said in the footage.
"They kicked us both off, I was sat on 1A, he was sat on 1B — I find it so disgusting and so disrespectful; I was supposed to go to Colorado Springs for a training camp and now I'm back in New York for another day. I have to reschedule another airplane to travel back to training camp which is really upsetting, for no reason this was and I'm just so disgusted that American Airlines would do this to us and ban me from traveling,” he continued.

How did American Airlines react?

A spokesperson for the airline company stated that the flight had to return to the gate because two passengers "reportedly refused to comply with repeated crew member requests to stow luggage, place cell phones in airplane mode, and adhere to federal face-covering requirements.”

The airline added that being escorted by the police is part of the protocol every time an aircraft comes back to the gate. Neither Khan nor his colleague was banned from flying with them again, according to the statement.

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