Kicked off the flight
— Mandi, the Bounteous Dawn (@AmandaTNStevens) October 12, 2016
Yesterday eSports reporter Amanda Stevens was on her way to the League of Legends World Championship Chicago when her apparel – an A$AP Rocky t-shirt and a Black Panther cap purchased at Hot Topic, made the flight crew uncomfortable. She was removed from the flight.
Stevens, who is trans, tweeted about the experience and spoke to io9’s Evan Narcisse about the incident:
UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: Reached by phone, Stevens told io9 that a United representative first raised concerns when she was preparing to board flight 5183 from Albany to Chicago. Stevens told me that she’s flown in this outfit before but turned the shirt inside out. She was then told that the hat was a concern as well. She was allowed to board the plane but had a tense exchange with an attendant who asked her to place her bag under the seat in front of her. “I didn’t know if I was going to be staying on the plane or not and I said that,” she told me. “I was grumbling because I was frustrated.”
Stevens then told me that the exchange with the flight attendant was given as the reason that she was ejected from the flight.
United Airlines later also responded to Narcisse:
We are in contact with Ms. Stevens to discuss this matter further. Both United and SkyWest hold our employees to the highest standards of professionalism and have zero tolerance for discrimination.
If you want my hot take on this it’s: WTF??!!?? I know humiliation is the price we can pay when choosing to fly the friendly skies, but this is outrageous.
More hats from Hot Topic you probably shouldn’t wear on United:
And definitely this T-shirt:
PS: I’m FB friends with Stevens, and I’m going to police the comments here VERY carefully.