Jason Derulo Blames American Airlines For Racial Discrimination After Airport Altercation
Jason Derulo and a group of friends who were traveling with the rapper reportedly demanded to get off an airplane after a situation arose concerning their luggage, and now the singer is claiming American Airlines racially discriminated against them.
The incident eventually led to Derulo and his friends disembarking from their plane in a dispute the rapper claims is “100 percent racial.”
Derulo and his entourage arrived late for a flight from Miami to Los Angeles on Wednesday and didn’t have time to check the 19 bags they were taking with them, Page Six reports. One member of the group stayed behind to make sure the bags were checked while the others went through security and onto the flight.
The “Talk Dirty” singer and his crew had already boarded the plane when his friend called claiming the airline was going to charge them $4,000 for the 19 bags to be checked.
“We’d never paid for our bags because of our status — with all of our miles — so we’d never paid for bags,” Derulo explained. “So $4,000 is obviously a huge sum. We were like, ‘No, we’re not paying that. We’ve got to turn the plane around,'” the rapper told People.
Derulo claims that he and his friends were exiting the plane when the captain came out from the cockpit, cursing and causing a scene about the situation.
“He’s like, ‘I want these guys off the fucking plane right now!'” Derulo alleged. “I was like, ‘Don’t talk to me like I’m your son.'”
“I get off the plane, there’s 15 police officers waiting for me like I’m a criminal,” the rapper continued. “Instantly I get on Livestream.”
“As soon as I hop on the Livestream, they start doing this whispering shit, they find out who I am, it’s all relaxed and it’s all cool, and now we’re chillin’ and loungin’ in American Airlines like everything is good. But it’s not good, because if I wasn’t who I was, if I wasn’t Jason Derulo, I wouldn’t be here right now. I’d be in fucking cuffs,” Derulo vented on Instagram.
“It’s 100 percent racial, because the initial thought in people’s minds is, ‘These hoodlums, they’re causing problems,’” Derulo alleged.
American Airlines confirmed to People the flight returned to the gate prior to departure. “A passenger elected to deplane in order to travel with their checked bags. The passenger has been rebooked with his checked bags on a later flight,” they said in their statement.
In a police report, an airline employee claimed Derulo and his friends “smelled of marijuana and were getting aggressive,” Page Six reports. They also refused to show identification to the airline staff or the police after exiting the plane.
No charges were filed in connection with the incident and the case was closed.