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Wale Accuses American Airlines of Racism After His First Class Ticket Is Questioned

Wale accused American Airlines of racial profiling, and he named two flight attendants specifically.

At the time, the rapper — whose real name is Olubowale Victor Akintimehin — was traveling from New York to Los Angeles, but the flight was canceled. Wale tweeted about the incident and said the attendants didn’t believe that he was supposed to be in first class. 

Wale Accused American Airlines of Racism


“How about your employees Megumi and Don told me ‘Your not supposed to be in first class I’m calling the police,'” he wrote. “Y’all racist, and I wanna know what happens now. Megumi and Don is their names.”

This is the second time that Wale had a run-in with American Airlines. In 2013 the rapper said he was kicked off a flight for being on his cell phone. Plus, in May of 2016, he blasted United Airlines after he missed a flight out of Newark, N.J.

In that incident, Wale said one of the airline’s staff closed the door right before he was about to board, and the only reason he was late was because TSA harassed him. According to the DMV native, some of the workers also questioned whether his first-class ticket was real or not.  

In regards to this most recent problem with American Airlines, Wale didn’t provide any more details, but the company released a statement. 

“Discrimination has no place at American Airlines,” the statement read. “From the team members we hire to the customers we serve, inclusion and diversity is a way of life at American.”

“Every day our team members work to make American a place where people of all generations, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religious affiliations and backgrounds feel welcome and valued … We are concerned about the comments from Mr. Akintimehin, and our team is reaching out to him to gather more information about what occurred last night,” it concluded.

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