British boxing champion Amir Khan blasted American Airlines, claiming he was taken off a flight “for no reason.”
In a video posted to Twitter this week, the 34-year-old said he was trying to get to a training camp in Colorado from New York.
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However, Khan said he and a colleague were taken off the plane when someone complained that his colleague’s mask “was not high enough”.
“I was taken off the plane today on my way to training camp in Colorado Springs by the police,” he said.
“A complaint was filed 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 take me with my friend. when I hadn’t done anything wrong.
“They both fired us. I was seated at 1A and he was seated at 1B. I find it disgusting and disrespectful.
“I was supposed to go to Colorado Springs for training camp and now I’m back in New York for another day and have to reschedule another plane to go back to training camp.
“It’s really overwhelming; there was no reason and I’m so disgusted that American Airlines is doing this and banning me from traveling.
“There must be cameras they can see to see if me or my coworker was wrong in any way or caused a scene in any way.
“I’ve never seen this happen before and I’m heartbroken.”
American Airlines responds to Amir Khan’s complaint
An American Airlines spokesperson has since responded, saying neither Khan nor his colleague are “banned” from future flights.
“Before take-off, American Airlines Flight 700, with service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), returned to the gate to disembark two customers who allegedly refused to comply. repeated requests to stow baggage, put cellphones in airplane mode and meet federal face-covering requirements, ”the airline said.
“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.”
The spokesperson also said police were not involved in the case.
Khan hasn’t fought for more than two years after his last fight against Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia.
He is expected to fight his British rival Kell Brook in what many believe to be his swan song before he retires.
Brook has fought twice in the past three years and lost his last fight to undefeated champion Terence Crawford.
Khan is a former world champion, having held the WBA title from 2009 to 2012 and the IBF title in 2011.
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