U.S. track star Sha’Carri Richardson removed from American Airlines flight
Richardson was headed on vacation when she got into an argument with flight crew membersPhoto by: Kevin Morris
Dallas native and U.S. track star Sha’Carri Richardson, 22, was removed from an American Airlines flight on Saturday after an argument with a flight attendant, NBC News reported.
Richardson posted a series of videos on social media on Saturday, saying the flight attendant asked her to end a phone call and that she did so, but didn’t like the tone he used with her. It is unclear where Richardson was headed, but she shares in her post that the trip was a vacation.
“I definitely would have listened to instructions but the way he was talking to me was very unprofessional and then his hands were all in my face,” Richardson says in the video.
A fellow passenger is heard sarcastically thanking Richardson, blaming her for missing his connecting flight, and arguments commence between Richardson, the airline staff, and fellow passengers, although much of it is unclear.
Someone approaches Richardson and informs her that she’s being asked to leave the plane. When she asks why, the person responds, “The captain wants you off the plane.” “Does the captain know the situation that happened before removing me?” Richardson says.
Richardson asks to speak to the captain and asks if the flight attendant she argued with will be removed from the plane as well. Clapping is heard on the video as Richardson starts to get off the plane.
Richardson gained fame when she qualified for the Olympics in Tokyo in 2021 and then was subsequently suspended for one month after testing positive for THC, the chemical in cannabis, according to the ADA.
In a statement, an American Airlines spokesperson said, “We re-accommodated the customer on a later flight and a member of our team has reached out to learn more.” A representative for Richardson also shared a statement withNBC News, saying Richardson “has nothing to add at this time.”