American Airlines is coming under fire from the NAACP for the way it treats African-American passengers.
The nation’s oldest civil rights group released a travel advisoryon Tuesday warning African-Americans that their safety and well-being may be at risk when traveling on the airline.
“The NAACP for several months now has been monitoring a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers, specific to American Airlines,” the organization said in a release. “In light of these confrontations, we have today taken the action of issuing national advisory alerting travelers ― especially African-Americans ― to exercise caution, in that booking and boarding flights on American Airlines could subject themto disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions.”
The release lists four such incidents dating back to last year:
Mallory said no one on the flight crew told her why she was removed from the flight. She later tweeted about the incident, saying that no matter how hard black women fight,“white men are allowed to treat [us] like shit.”
Doesn't matter how much we do and how hard we fight, white men are allowed to treat black women like shit .@AmericanAir— Tamika D. Mallory (@TamikaDMallory) October 15, 2017
The NAACP said that it typically issues travel advisories when conditions on the ground pose a substantial risk of harm to black Americans.
In August, it issued a travel advisory warning African-Americansabout traveling to Missouri. The NAACP made the advisory announcement based on racist incidents, and the fact that “African-Americans in Missouri are 75 percent more likely to be stopped and searched by law enforcement officers than Caucasians.”
The organization fears that the examples posted above “may represent only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ when it comes to American Airlines’ documented mistreatment of African-American customers.”
NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said the travel advisory will stand until the organization can meet with American Airlines executives to discuss their concerns and “spur corrective action.”
That could happen soon.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said on Wednesday he is eager to meet with the NAACP.
In a memo written to airline employees,he made it clear that all passengers must be treated equally:
“We fly over borders, walls and stereotypes to connect people from different races, religions, nationalities, economic backgrounds and sexual orientations. We make the world a smaller, more inclusive place. We do not and will not tolerate discrimination of any kind.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.