British boxer Amir Khan has been taken off a flight to the United States over an alleged argument over face coverings.
The 34-year-old, who has also appeared on reality TV shows including I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here !, said he was escorted by police to get off the plane and that he had been “banned” from traveling with American Airlines. .
Khan said he was trying to fly to a training camp at Colorado from New York, but he and a colleague were taken off when someone complained that his colleague’s mask “was not high enough”.
He said he was “disgusted” by his alleged treatment, adding that there was “no reason” for him to be fired.
The airline said the flight from Newark Airport to Dallas-Fort Worth returned to the departure gate after two people allegedly refused crew members’ requests to “put bags away, place phones wearable in airplane mode and meet federal face-covering requirements ”.
He denied that the police intervened and that Khan and his colleague were banned from traveling in the future.
In a video posted to Twitter, the sports star said: “I was taken off the plane today on my way to training camp in Colorado Springs by police.
“Obviously a complaint was made by the staff of American Airlines, they said that my colleague’s mask was not high enough and not high enough, that they had to stop the plane and me. to take with my friend when i had done nothing wrong.
“They both threw us, I was sitting on 1A, he was sitting on 1B – I find it so disgusting and so disrespectful, I was supposed to go to Colorado Springs for training camp and now I’m off. back to New York for another day.
“Now I have to reschedule another plane to go back to training camp which is really upsetting for no reason and I’m so disgusted that American Airlines is doing this to us and forbidding me to travel.
“I’m sure there must be cameras on the plane that they could see, or someone should see, to see if my coworker was really bad anyway or caused a scene of a way it must have been taken off the plane – I’ve never seen this happen before. “
An American Airlines spokesperson said: “Before take off, American Airlines Flight 700, with service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), returned to the door to disembark two customers who allegedly refused to comply with repeated requests from crew members to stow away luggage, put cellphones in airplane mode and meet federal face covering requirements.
“Our customer relations team is reaching out to Mr. Khan to learn more about his experience and to reinforce the importance of the policies implemented for the safety of our customers and our crew.”