“The passenger next to me, a white woman, made it clear with her body language that I was bothering her — she was aggressive when flipping her hair with her hand and fastening her seatbelt — and she was bullying me,” Amber Phillips says, explaining the kickoff of a recent in-flight altercation.
Flight changes are often an unpleasant, stressful and ultimately a costly experience, but one woman shared a very different encounter on Facebook that has since gone viral. Shaina Murry was catching a flight at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport when she came across a man, known only as Will K., lying on the floor in distress. Unsure of what was wrong, Murry called for medical assistance but after Will repeatedly expressed concern over missing his flight while waiting for the airport’s medical team to arrive, it dawned on Murry that Will was autistic.
Poet Imani Cezanne recently tweeted an account of an incident in which she claims she was escorted off an American Airlines flight from Charlotte, S.C., to North Carolina after a flight attendant said she “felt threatened” by Cezanne’s presence. Cezanne, a Black Lives Matter supporter, boarded the flight wearing a T-shirt with the names of just a few of the several unarmed black men who have been killed by police and others over the years, including Eric Garner, Amadou Diallo, Emmett Till, and more. According to Cezanne, she took her seat on the flight, and one of the attendants asked a non-English-speaking couple sitting across from her to move from the exit row. Cezanne inquired as to why they were relocated, and the attendant explained that “if she is unable to explain procedure, she must seat someone else in the exit row.” Cezanne said she understood the policy after it was explained to her, but then, as she was talking about her concerns to the woman sitting next to her, the flight attendant got hostile.