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American Airlines Asks Cancer Survivor To Remove Vulgar Hoodie, Later Apologizes
American Airlines is apologizing after allegedly telling Roslyn Singleton, a two-time cancer survivor, that she couldn’t board a flight from Los Angeles to Charlotte because of a hoodie that read, “f**k cancer.”
In a statement to Travel Noire, American Airlines said its “policies prohibit clothing that displays offensive statements and inappropriate language from being worn on board. In this instance, our team should have taken the broader context of the message displayed on the customer’s shirt into consideration when explaining our policies. Our team has reached out to learn more about Ms. Singleton’s experience, offer our apologies and reaffirm our support for efforts to fight cancer.”
The apology comes after Singleton took to Instagram after being told her hoodie was inappropriate.
“Tell me why the guy from American Airlines just told me if I don’t put a sweatshirt on that I can’t get on the plane?” she asked.
Singleton’s attorney, James Walker issued a statement calling the incident “a violation of her constitutional rights.”
American Airlines said its records “indicate that Ms. Singleton was allowed to board and completed travel from LAX to CLT, as planned.”
We will update this piece if there are any updates on this particular situation.