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American Airlines apologizes to rapper Wale, after he claimed staff were racist

Wale accused American Airlines of “racist” after two employees allegedly told him that he doesn’t belong in the first class.

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American Airlines has appologized the rapper, who accused two employees of the “racist” after she reportedly questioned his first-class ticket.

Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, a DC-based recording artist, who goes by the name of Wale, tweeted about the alleged incident Sunday evening, which occurred on a flight from New York to Los Angeles.

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At first he was just complaining about the delay of a flight after being “stuck” on the job” for what he said was a half an hour and counting.

American Airlines’ Twitter account responded to Wale complaints, apologies for the wait and the blame of the delay on the maintenance of aircraft.

We know that you are ready to get in the air and we are so sorry for the wait. Looks like the maintenance of aircraft. We have to get in the air quickly.

— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) September 17, 2018

It was then that Wale accused two specific employees from questioning his place in the first class.

“What about the ur-employees Megumi and Don told me ‘ur [sic] not intended to be in the first class I am calling the police,'” he tweeted.

He shared a photo of his ticket-of-seat assignment, 4F, in the first class cabin. He accused the airline as “racist” and asked what they plan to do about it.

Here you go . Y’all racist and I want to know what happens now. Megumi and not their names. pic.twitter.com/SyvfGUuVas

— Wale (@Wale) September 17, 2018

American Airlines is now appologizing for what they claim is a system failure that is not registered Wale’s seat assignment.

When the flight was delayed, passengers had to deplane due to a maintenance problem, and when they reboarded, the airline said many passengers were in the wrong places.

A spokesman of the airline said in a statement that the flight attendants “are just trying to figure out why he was not listed on the flight in the first place. Its registered office is accidentally released into the system when they board.”

“When the flight landed [in Los Angeles], he sat in his proper chair…but he was not to be seen on the tablet as on their aircraft,” a spokesman of the airline said in a statement.

“We want to apologize to Wale for what really happened here,” the spokesman said. “We understand his frustration…He is a good customer of us. He flies with us regularly. We really just want to apologize profusely,” the spokesman said.

After Wale first tweeted about the incident, a spokesperson for the airline released the following statement:

“Discrimination has no place in American Airlines. Of the team members we hire to the clients we serve, integration and diversity is a way of life on an American. Every day, the members of our team work to make American a place where people of all ages, races, ethnic origins, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliations and backgrounds feel welcome and appreciated,” the spokesman said in a statement.

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In July, the NAACP took up a “travel advisory” was placed on American Airlines, after several incidents of reported racial discrimination.

The NAACP President Derrick Johnson announced at the time that the company was making improvements that address concerns about African-Americans is discrimination or even unsafe situations while flying.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.

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