American track and field star Sha’Carri Richardson was booted from an American Airlines flight on Saturday after she reportedly got into a heated exchange with a male flight attendant while making a video that she eventually posted to Instagram.
Richardson, 23, asserted that the attendant whom she called “John” disrespected her while she was making her Instagram video on her phone prior to takeoff. She made a point of videoing the flight attendant during the back and forth.
“Prior to the video this gentleman asked me to get off a cell phone call, I did,” the track sensation captioned one of her videos. “I stated to him I didn’t like the tone he used with me. Following that while standing in front of me doing the safety protocols he continued to lean over to look at my phone. He asked to see that my phones were in airplane mode at this point. He demanded that I show him. Which I did in front of him.”
It’s unknown where Richardson was traveling from and where she was going when this occurred. She did say in the video that she was vacationing.
Track star Sha'Carri Richardson was kicked off a AA flight for arguing with Flight Attendant and recorded the whole incident. pic.twitter.com/LEOhcRvyne
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The flight attendant requested that she stop videoing him and she adamantly refused. After that, he moved back behind a curtain.
“I’m recording me but you jumped in my video, so I caught you because you jumped in my video,” Richardson informed the flight attendant. “You’re harassing me at this point, so I think you should stop. I think you should stop.”
Richardson turned to other passengers for support but many of them were getting irritated with her. They told her to stop arguing with the flight attendant.
“Y’all see him right? Y’all see him right? Y’all see him right? I’m sorry, it’s not me,” Richardson claimed. “Talk to him. No ma’am. Do not talk to me like that. I’m an adult. Do not talk to me like that. Do not talk to me like that. Tell him to stop. If you do not know what’s going on, do not yell at me.”
The flight attendant is not the only one who she got into a fight with either, according to the New York Post. She profanely yelled at one passenger to mind their own business.
Richardson argued that the flight attendant should be kicked off the plane as well. While she was railing about him, a passenger can be heard telling her, “Thank you, by the way, I’m going to miss my connection, I have to now get off the plane.”
Sha'Carri Richardson kicked off american airline flight pic.twitter.com/A1dfybTyJh
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“Oh, so you’re worried about a connection when a grown man is disrespecting me?” Richardson bit back at the person making it clear that she feels she was the only one who mattered at that point.
“I don’t give a sh*t,” the passenger replied, according to the Post.
At that point, Richardson was escorted off the flight. She kept shouting at passengers and the flight crew on her way out. As she exited, passengers applauded.
“Tell me if I’ll be wrong to pursue legal actions against the airline @americanair not only did the man threaten me but also an innocent bystander who simply just wanted a picture with me. In the beginning of the video you can hear a Caucasian male state that he doesn’t give a f as a man that male flight attendant is intimidating a woman,” Richardson wrote.
“Also the captain not doing anything to help the situation and this flight attendant has the applause when I exited the plane when I’m pretty serious the disrespect I received would not have happened if I was one of them,” she bitterly stated.
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