Jason Derulo Kicked Off American Airlines Flight – Accuses Them Of Racial Discrimination
Multi-platinum artist Jason Derulo is at war with popular airline company American Airlines after an incident that occurred at Miami-Dade airport on Wednesday.
The R&B singer songwriter is accusing the airline of ‘racial discrimination’ – claiming the staff were racist to himself and his team after problems at the check in desk at the Florida-based airport.
The 27-year old got into a disagreement over baggage fees with staff, and believes he was unfairly mistreated due to his race.
He took to Instagram to express his anger over the “racist” behaviour towards him and his entourage.
The ‘Want To Want Me’ singer claimed,
I spent millions on your airline throughout the past ten years between myself and my entire staff but have still experienced racial discrimination today at miami airport!!!… Called 15 police officers on me as if I’m a criminal! It’s not ok that when you find out who I am the gears change! F–k that!! I want answers.
.@americanair I spent millions on your airline throughout the past ten years between myself and my entire staff but have still experienced racial discrimination today at miami airport!!! Called 15 police officers on me as if I’m a criminal! It’s not ok that when you find out who I am the gears change! Fuck that!! I want answers #conciergekey #conciergekeymember #thecaptainneedstoshowrespecttoo cause he could #cashmeoutsidehowboutdat #notypo #ifiwasanyoneelseiwouldhavebeenarrested
According to TMZ, Derulo and the eight people he was travelling with arrived late for their flight from Florida to Los Angeles on Wednesday, February 8, and preceded to try and check in 19 bags at the departure desk.
As a Concierge Key member of American Airlines, Jason claims he is permitted to bring unlimited bags on board, but on this occasion he was banned from doing so.
The airline fought back however, saying that A-list customers are only allowed a maximum of three bags.
Yet the excessive baggage didn’t seem to be the only problem.
ABC News reported that a staff member of American Airlines reported Derulo and his group to a police officer on site, claiming they ‘smelled of marijuana and were starting to get aggressive’.
When finally on board, the ‘In My Head’ singer received a phone call from a member of his team – who stayed behind with all the luggage – explaining that he was going to be faced with a $4,000 charge.
This led Derulo to become aggressive on the plane and demand to return to the terminal gate, even getting into a fiery argument with the pilot.
Police officers were then called to the gate, with the pilot stating several of his passengers needed to be removed from the flight.
With 15 officers waiting for him as he stepped off the plane, Derulo firmly believes it was down to racial discrimination why himself and his team were targeted, saying,
‘If I was not who I was, if I wasn’t Jason Derulo, I wouldn’t be here right now I’d be in f–king cuffs’.
American Airlines later released a statement that read,
‘Flight 275 returned to the gate prior to departure,” the airline stated, according to Local 10 News. “A passenger elected to deplane in order to travel with their checked bags. The passenger has been rebooked with his checked bags on a later flight this evening.’