Sha’Carri Richardson Says She Was Pulled From American Airlines Plane After Arguing With Flight Attendant
American track and field star Sha’Carri Richardson claims she was removed from an American Airlines plane after an argument with a flight attendant.
In a series of posts and stories on her official Instagram, the 22-year-old says a male flight attendant asked her to hang up a phone call, which she did before telling him she didn’t like his tone.
“After that, as he stood in front of me enforcing security protocols, he continued to lean over to look at my phone,” Richardson said in an Instagram story tagging American Airlines. “He asked to see if my phones were on airplane mode at the time. He demanded that I show him. Which I did in front of him.”
In a video Richardson says was taken after the interaction with the flight attendant, she can be seen taking video of herself.
“I’m not working today,” she said. “Holiday time.”
It is not known where Richardson was flying.
Richardson then points the phone’s camera at a stewardess near her, who is then seen backing away.
“I’m recording but you jumped into my video so I grabbed you, because you jumped into my video,” Richardson says.
“You can’t record,” said the stewardess.
“You’re harassing me at this point, so I think you should quit, I think you should quit,” Richardson replies.
NBC News doesn’t know what happened before Richardson started recording.
A commotion is then heard from other passengers, some of whom ask Richardson to stop.
“Do you see it well? You see it, right?” Richardson asks them. “Tell him to stop. If you don’t know what’s going on, don’t yell at me.”
“You can stop the recording” said the stewardess.
“No, I’m not going to stop recording because I was making a video for myself,” Richardson replies.
Richardson posted another video to his Instagram showing the moments before he was asked to leave the flight.
“I definitely would have listened to instructions, but the way he was talking to me was unprofessional and his hands were all over my face,” Richardson can be heard saying in the video, which has been liked more than 47,000 times.
Another passenger is then heard thanking Richardson, blaming him for missing his connecting flight.
“Oh, so you’re worried about a hookup when a grown man disrespects me?” she replies.
“I don’t give ***,” the passenger said before calling Richardson selfish.
Someone then approaches Richardson and tells him that he is being asked to leave the plane. When asked why, the person replies, “The captain wants you to get off the plane.
“Is the captain aware of the situation that occurred before withdrawing me? she says. “So do they know that this man has his hands up in my face and he was very disrespectful and I felt threatened?”
Richardson asks to speak to the captain and also if the stewardess she had a fight with will also be removed from the plane.
“So he’s not being fired after being unprofessional and putting his hand in my face?” she responds after learning that the flight attendant will not be asked to leave the flight. “So I’m being taken out of the plane without even being told why?”
The track star then asks what the flight attendant’s name is, to which he again tells her that she was not allowed to record.
“No, but you jumped into my video, that’s what started this whole thing and the video shows you jumped into my video and invaded my privacy, you know that, right?” she told him. “So it is possible that you will lose your job because I have evidence.”
The commotion is again heard from the other passengers. Richardson begins to gather his things to prepare to leave the plane.
“You all see it on social media, because you have no idea who I am,” she said as she exited the plane.
Applause is heard as Richardson moves to get off the plane.
NBC News has reached out to Richardson’s team for comment. American Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Richardson, who rose to fame when she qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, was later suspended for a month after testing positive for THC, the chemical in cannabis, according to the States Anti-Doping Agency. -United.
Richardson sat down for an exclusive interview on NBC’s “TODAY” show after failing a drug test.
“Right now, I’m putting all my energy into dealing with what I need to heal myself,” Richardson said at the time.
Richardson said during the interview that she turned to marijuana to cope after a reporter told her her birth mother had died.
“I want to take responsibility for my actions,” she added. “I’m not looking for an excuse.”
“I would like to say to my fans, my family and my sponsorship, and the haters too, I apologize,” she said. “Even though I’m disappointed, I know that when I walk this track, I’m not representing myself, I’m representing a community that has shown me great support, great love.”
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