In a recent announcement, American Airlines (AA) said they will be allowing their flight attendants and crew members to wear Black Lives Matter pins on their uniforms while on duty.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) September 7, 2020
According to reports, in addition to the BLM pins, the company is also working to design its own pin that will show its symbolic support of a diverse and inclusive work environment. AA said in a company wide statement:
“Clearly we live in a time where it is so important to have a dialogue about this important issue of racism in our society and try to find common ground. American is truly committed to having an inclusive culture that is welcoming to all and a reflection of our country and world.”
The statement added:
“This is why American is so committed to creating a more tolerant and diverse team. Through our partnership with American’s office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we are continuing to work through an overall plan for addressing these issues in our workplace.”
AA said that a symbolic way to show that support will be in the form of a pin that employees can wear on their uniforms. The design of this pin will be done by AA’s Black Professional Network. According to AA, the airline stands against racism and discrimination of any kind.
Backlash Ensues After American Airlines Announces That Flight Attendants Can Wear BLM Pins 👇👇👇https://t.co/rTGi7uft5K
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) September 7, 2020
According to reports, team members can wear up to three pins at one time on their uniform. They can choose from company-issued award or anniversary pins, a union pin, and one-company sponsored pin.
Company-sponsored pins include an Employees Business Resource Groups pin, a flag pin, a UNICEF pin, or the Wings Foundation pin.
According to AA, other Employee Business Resource Groups, including Christian, Veteran, and LGBTQ groups have developed their own pin that can be work as part of the uniform.
The airline said that it is showing support for black colleagues who have experienced discrimination and injustice, not any particular organization.
.@AmericanAir employees are pushing back against the airlines allowing crew members to wear 'BLM' pin. Many American’s staff members have police officers relatives and view BLM as an anti-police movement. #AllLivesMattterhttps://t.co/9tbzGAO5wG
— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) September 6, 2020
AA’s recent announcement has received backlash from some of the company’s flight attendants.
The New York Post reported that some of the company’s staff members have spouses or relatives who are police officers and that they consider the Black Lives Matter movement divisive and anti-police, saying that is promotes and condones violence.
One veteran flight attendant said:
“I take offense to this. Serious offense. My husband is a LEO (law enforcement officer) as was my deceased father and as far as I’m concerned all lives matter.”
She continued in her email:
“I am completely disgusted at the fact that we can’t show support for our God and our Country, our LEOs, but when it comes to BLM organization (which is controversial in itself), American Airlines says that’s obviously different. And we can. How is that right? Well, I don’t feel included.”
American Airlines announces they will allow flight attendants to wear 'Black Lives Matter' pins on duty. . . Many airline employees obviously took offence to this. Many are married to or have Police in their family. Some employees are vowing to wear 'Trump 2020" and Pro-Cop pins
— Stonewall Jackson (@1776Stonewall) September 7, 2020
Another flight attendant who asked to be identified only as John, said that staffers who refuse to wear the pin will now be “ostracized” and labeled a racist. He described BLM as “a terrorist organization that promotes violence to further their agenda.”
“If this pin is sanctioned, I will wear my NYPD pin supporting the police department.”
Another flight attendant said that if the BLM pins are allowed, then they will be wearing their Trump pin to show support for the commander-in-chief.
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Here is another article from Law Enforcement Today about an incident with a BLM supporter and American Airlines:
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Black Lives Matter activists think they are special, and do not have to play by the rules. They can smash windows, vandalize property, assault people with impunity.
Mayors of the big cities have seen to that as they have emasculated their police departments. A Florida woman, and self-appointed activist was seen on an American Airlines flight with a vulgar slogan written her mask.
She was asked to remove it and then complained about it. Of course for her, it’s all about race…because that is what it’s always about.
According to the New York Post, Arlinda Johns said:
“I think I got taken off the plane because I”m black,” she told local10.com.
No, it probably had to do with the fact that she was wearing a mask that said, as she confirmed “F—k 12” and her shirt said, again as she confirmed “Black Lives Matter.”
According to The Post, Johns had boarded a flight in Miami last week, at which time a member of the crew asked her to cover up the slogan on her mask, which is slang for “Fuck the police.”
Johns claims that she replaced it with a different mask, at which time she claims that she had a “tense conversation” with the flight attendant.
“She came back and stood over [me] and said, ‘I better not see that other mask,’” Johns said. “I said, ‘Leave me alone, lady.’ She stood there, she said, ‘okay, I got you.’”
The aircraft had already pushed back from the gate to proceed to the runway for takeoff, then returned to the gate where Johns was escorted off the plane, she said.
An American Airlines spokesman said that Johns was removed for using offensive language, which comes as zero surprise.
‘Although [she] initially complied, [she] later continued to display the inappropriate language. After arriving at the gate, the passenger was asked to deplane,” the spokesman said. “[Johns] refused to follow crew member instructions to remove or cover a face mask with offensive language.”
American Airlines rules note that “offensive clothing” is not allowed on flights.
However Johns—who wants to abolish the police—said it was because of her race and outspoken political views that she was removed from the flight. We’re sure the flight attendant had absolutely no clue who this self-important loudmouth was, but she obviously is a legend in her own mind.
Sadly, Johns then had to drive several hundred miles to her destination in Illinois, she said.
“This is what American Airlines is doing, and this is what happened to me,” Johns said.
You see, this is what happens when people are not used to being told no, as has been the case since George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis. Given the sudden “woke” culture among businesses, Johns probably felt that American Airlines would cower and allow her to wear what was clearly an offensive item of clothing.
Not everyone buys into the Black Lives Matter mantra of blatant Marxism.
“Fuck-12” is believed to either come from the 1970’s police drama Adam 12. Others say the reference comes from the term ACAB (all cops are bastards).
Johns told the news outlet that she is an “abolitionist.”
“I am an abolitionist. I believe that we need to defund and abolish the police.” Next thing you know, Johns will want to defund and abolish flight attendants.
Oh also Johns appears to think she gets some type of privilege because she claims she is a disabled veteran. One would think that as a veteran, she would understand respect, which she apparently does not. Johns also claimed that she had flown on an earlier American flight with the mask. She did not however indicate in her post if she had been wearing the same mask.
American Airlines has said that it will look into the incident, and that Johns will receive a refund for the unused portion of her ticket.
Johns claims that after she tweeted about the incident, she still had not heard back from the airline. Perhaps writing a direct email to the company might be more helpful than sending a generic tweet intended to get retweets and attention. She did receive one reply from American saying, “Our specialist will be in contact with you directly to speak with you about this.”
Johns complained about her 15 hour drive, saying in a reply to American, “I need a new back mfers.” Class act.
She also complained that airline staff are repeatedly referring to her with the male pronoun “sir.” This probably is not fair to the airline since they are probably not familiar with what her preferred pronoun is.
Johns said that she returned on a Southwest flight and she has spoken to an attorney…of course.
According to the Daily Mail, dress policies for the airlines are vague. “Dress appropriately; bare feet or offensive clothing aren’t allowed,” it states on American’s website. Call us crazy, but a shirt that says “F—k-12” seems pretty offensive to us, especially to that segment of the population that respects the rule of law and police officers and not a Marxist revolutionary group.
But don’t worry…the Hollywood leftist wackjobs have come to her defense. Rosanna Arquette, who is apparently an “actress” or something tweeted, “Time to Boycott that lousy airline.” I’m sure they won’t miss you.
Last year American Airlines created a bit of a tizzy when they forced a woman who was wearing a shirt that read “hail satan,” “Est 666” and featured an upside down cross. American actually apologized after apologists pointed out that there would be an uproar had someone been “discriminated against” for wearing a “hail Jesus” shirt. This is where we are at folks.
Of course, the “victim” in that case thought it was all about religious discrimination.
“I’m really trying to make some good deeds come out of this. This is really about religious discrimination,” said Swati Runi Goyal at the time. “Because they treated me this way, I can only imagine how they’re treating other religious groups like Muslims.”
As to Johns, she clearly is trying to be an attention seeker. On her way back on Southwest Airlines, she wore a mask that said “I can’t breathe” and a hat with four marijuana leaves on it. And not for nothing, but wearing a hat and a mask, it is a bit difficult to determine her gender, in fairness to American Airlines.
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