A young family is accusing American Airlines of removing them from a plane because they are Jewish.
American Airlines has forcibly removed a family from a plane because it claims there were complaints from other passengers about their body odour.
Yossi Adler, a 36-year-old business consultant, his wife Jennie and their daughter, aged 19 months, were seated on a flight from Miami to Detroit yesterday when ground crew asked them to exit the plane, NBC News reports. The family were returning home from a vacation.
“They said, ‘Sir, people have complained that you have body odour’,” Adler told NBC News. “I said: ‘Excuse me? I need to get home. There is no body odour on me’.”
The airline stands behind its decision.
“The Adler family were asked to deplane last night after several passengers, along with our crew members, complained about their body odour,” American Airlines said in a statement. “The family were provided hotel accommodations and meals, and rebooked on a flight to Detroit today.”
“I shower every day!”
Adler accuses the airline of picking on his family because they are Jewish.
“There’s a religious reason for some reason that they’re kicking me off the plane. We don’t have odour, OK? Nobody here has odour,” he says in a video he shot on the plane before their removal.
A member of the ground crew asks, “Now you told me for religious reasons you don’t shower, is that what you said?”
Adler is heard to respond, “No I didn’t! I shower every day. I said you kicked me off because of religious reasons.”