Tamika Mallory incident reignites conversation on 'flying while Black'


American Airlines gave no explanation as why they were ejected from the flight.

Mallory had changed her seat from a middle seat to an aisle seat at a kiosk.

Mallory admitted in the video that at this point she lost her temper and began swearing, though she maintained she had not yelled at the pilot or the gate agent previously. She arrived at the gate and learned she was placed back in a middle seat. "It was so egregious, if you will, and there was no way that I could allow it to happen without me saying something".

Malory boarded the plane and was in her seat when an announcement was made calling her to the front of the plane where the pilot was waiting to remove her from the flight. He didn't say anything then, but stopped Mallory later as she was boarding the plane.

"It definitely was white male aggression".

"In last 24 hours since it happened, I've seen story after story about how other airlines have been mistreating people of color", she said in an interview Monday with the AmNews. "And he said, 'She told you she had nothing to do with your ticket and you had issue with that". I told him I felt completely disrespected. "Actually I'm fine. But I will write my complaint down".

"You're going to get yourself a one-way ticket off of this plane", she said he responded.

"'Are you gonna behave, '" Mallory tweeted he asked her. Then, the pilot pointed to the activist and said: "her, off".

"You are nearly silenced as a customer on airlines". The fact that I had a disagreement over a seat that I was given by their airline. I did not say one word to anybody.

Though frustrated and still stuck in a middle seat, she assumed the dispute with the customers service representative was over, until she was approached by a pilot who overheard the exchange. Nothing", Mallory said. "There was no reason at that point for me to be kind and continue to bow to master.

'I was singled out, I was disrespected, and he was trying to intimidate me.

'Every @AmericanAir rep I've talked to told me the pilot mishandled the situation.

"We take these allegations seriously, and we have spoken to all involved, including Ms. Mallory", airline spokesman Ross Feinstein said.

Tamika Mallory was seated and assumed the disulfide was over. As she asked why and sought to understand the dismissal, officers arrived to escort her away. Until a voice over the intercoms summoned her to the front of the plane.

She then planned to attend the wedding of Reverend Al Sharpton's daughter on Sunday afternoon, but missed it because she was not allowed on her flight. "He didn't do anything". I asked why this was happening to me.

NY activist Tamika Mallory says she was booted from an American Airlines flight in Miami.

The showdown, Mallory believes, was a way for the white male pilot to assert his dominance over a young, black, female passenger.