Tamika Mallory said the pilot of her American Airlines flight from Miami to New York on Sunday told her to get off the plane after she got into an argument with a gate agent.
She claims she was racially-profiled and has slammed airline staff for trying to ‘intimidate’ her.
‘It definitely was white male aggression,’ she told the New York Daily News.
‘I was singled out, I was disrespected, and he was trying to intimidate me. I was discriminated against.’
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Mallory, who was one of the founders of the Women’s March on Washington and who is active in the gun control and civil rights movements, was visiting Miami with friends to see the Revolt Music Conference.
She then planned to attend the wedding of Reverend Al Sharpton’s daughter on Sunday afternoon, but missed it because she was not allowed on her flight.
When she got to the airport, Mallory said she used an airport kiosk to change from a middle to an aisle seat.
But when she arrived to the gate she was issued a new ticket that put her back in the middle.
Not wanting to sit in that seat, she asked an agent why her seat had been changed.
She says the staff member then responded in a ‘nasty’ and ‘disrespectful’ way.