British boxer Amir Khan said he was escorted from a flight to the United States by police “for no reason”.
The 34-year-old, who has also appeared on reality shows including I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!, Said he was banned from American Airlines.
In a video posted on Twitter, the boxer claimed he tried to fly to a Colorado training camp from New York, but he and a colleague were removed when someone complained that his colleague’s mask “wasn’t enough. high “.
He spoke of being “disgusted” by his alleged treatment. Khan said, “I was taken off the plane today as I was on my way to training camp in Colorado Springs by the police.
“Obviously American Airlines staff filed a complaint, they said my colleague’s mask was not high enough and not up to par, that they had to stop the plane and take me and my friend away when I didn’t do anything. bad.
“They kicked us both out, I was sitting on 1A, he was sitting on 1B – I find it so disgusting and so disrespectful, I had to go to Colorado Springs for a training camp and now I’m back in New York for another day.
“Now I have to reschedule another plane to go back to training camp, which is really upsetting, for no reason and I’m so disgusted that American Airlines did this to us and banned me from traveling.
“I’m sure there must be cameras on the plane that they could see, or someone should see, to see if my colleague was really bad anyway or caused a scene in a way where he had to be taken off the plane. – I’ve never seen this happen before. “
American Airlines said in a statement that prior to takeoff, the aircraft had “returned to the gate to disembark two customers who reportedly refused to comply with repeated requests from crew members to stow luggage, place cell phones in airplane mode and adhere to federal face coverage. requirements. “
The statement added that the two passengers got off the plane without incident and that the police were present for a matter of protocol. The airline said neither Khan nor his colleague were placed on an “internal trash list” or excluded from future travel on American Airlines or its partners.
The company added that its customer relations team was contacting Khan “to learn more about his experience and reinforce the importance of the policies implemented for the safety of our customers and our crew.”
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