Target: Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General
Goal: Punish Spirit Airlines and necessary employees for removing African American customers from plane.
A national airline has been accused of racism after an African American couple and five other black individuals were removed from a flight by police for allegedly “being disruptive.”
The couple had taken their seats and was getting settled for their flight when the flight attendant asked them to move. They protested, stating they were in the correct seats and showed their boarding passes. The flight attendant continued to insist they give up their seats and they eventually rose to do so when the flight attendant allegedly made a rude comment. When the black man reportedly replied, “I’m not talking to you, you don’t talk to me,” the flight attendant called police to report him as a threat.
When the police arrived, both the couple who’d been forced to give up their seats and five others who were protesting their treatment were removed by police and left behind in Los Angeles. Such treatment is reminiscent of Rosa Parks and all that occurred during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. In the year 2015, our society should be well past discrimination of any kind.
Sign this petition to demand this incident is investigated and the appropriate parties punished for their alleged unfair and illegal discriminatory practices.
Dear Ms. Bondi,
With over 2,200 employees, Spirit Airlines is one of the largest employers in Florida. And with more than 175 flights a day to nearly 50 destinations, they cover a lot of territory and serve people from all races and classes. With such visibility and power also comes responsibility.
Spirit Airlines has a responsibility to follow all anti-discrimination laws and provide each of their customers with equal service regardless of race. They have allegedly failed to do so. In a well-documented incident earlier this week, police removed an African American couple and four others who protested the discriminatory treatment from a Spirit Airlines plane.
The flight attendant on board called police when the couple allegedly refused to give up their seats to white passengers who were mistakenly double-booked in the same seats. When the male individual of the couple finally did concede to give up his seat, the flight attendant allegedly made rude remarks and called police. When they arrived, police removed seven people from the plane, calling them disruptive. We demand this incident be investigated and the appropriate people at all levels of the organization be punished.
[Your Name Here]
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