"I was dragged off the plane"
In another social media post, Amir Khan has repeated his claim that he was escorted from a plane by US police “for no reason”.
This comes despite American Airlines previously stating that police were not involved in the matter.
Amir took to Twitter and insisted that he saw two police cars outside the plane. He also posted photographs of him posing with the officers.
He wrote: “So, American Airlines spokesperson said no police were involved in the matter.
“I was dragged off the plane till I was later recognised, two cop cars waited outside the plane.
“My mask was always up and when I was asked to put down the phone I did, cops saw all my baggage was in storage.”
So @AmericanAir Spokesperson said no police where involved in the matter. I was dragged off the plane till I was later recognised, 2 cop cars waited outside the plane. My mask was always up and when I was asked to put down the phone I did, cops saw all my baggage was in storage pic.twitter.com/JJMV7H3Rom
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) September 25, 2021
His repeated claims were met with a mixed response.
Some netizens sided with the boxer and advised him not to fly with American Airlines.
But others believed Amir was lying as “people do not get thrown off a plane for no reason”.
Amir went on to claim that the removal might have been “racially motivated”.
When asked if he felt that, Amir Khan responded:
“Definitely definitely. I’m going to stand by that.
“It was 9/11 a week before that, then having two Asian boys sat at the front… I hope I’m wrong.
“But I had done nothing wrong. I got kicked off a plane for no reason and it was embarrassing for us.”
He added: “I’m not saying that but I think it might have something to do with that.”
The incident came to light on September 18, 2021, when Amir posted a video on Twitter.
He said he was flying from New York to Colorado for a training camp. However, he and a colleague were removed from the plane when someone complained that his colleague’s mask “was not high enough”.
In the video, Amir Khan had said:
“A complaint was made by American Airlines staff, they said my colleague’s mask was not high enough and not up, that they had to stop the place and take me and my friend off when I did nothing wrong.
“They kicked us both off. I was sat at 1A and he was sat in 1B.”
“I find it disgusting and disrespectful, I was supposed to go to Colorado Springs for a training camp and now I’m back in New York for another day and I have to reschedule another plane to travel back to training camp.
“It’s really upsetting; there was no reason and I’m so disgusted that American Airlines would do this and ban me from travelling.
“There must be cameras that they can see to see if I or my colleague were bad in any way or caused a scene in any way.”
In response to Amir’s initial claims, American Airlines said:
“Prior to take-off, American Airlines Flight 700, with service from Newark Liberty International Airport to Dallas-Fort Worth, returned to the gate to deplane two customers who reportedly refused to comply with repeated crew member requests to stow luggage, place cell phones in airplane mode and adhere to federal face-covering requirements.
“Our Customer Relations team is reaching out to Mr Khan to learn more about his experience and reinforce the importance of policies implemented for the safety of our customers and crew.”