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Black Social Worker Is Suing American Airlines After Being Accused of 'Stealing White Baby'
Another day, another dollar that American Airlines may have to dish out after a Black passenger filed a lawsuit against the airline for allegedly violating her civil rights.
Shannon Murphy, a social worker with Riverside County, California, says the airline accused her of kidnapping a white toddler she was accompanying during a flight in 2019.
Murphy was helping the child on a flight from Fort Worth, Texas to Ontario International Airport. The lawsuit reveals that Murphy was separated from the child after another passenger on the plane reportedly told the flight attendant that she was holding a kidnap victim.
Murphy says that was removed from the aircraft and detained for about an hour before being allowed to re-board the plane despite the fact that she was carrying her social worker ID, the boy’s birth certificate and a court order.
“Had American Airline(s) (researched the matter) first prior to hauling Plaintiff, Ms. Murphy, off the plane and detaining her and the one-year-old Caucasian male dependent, Ms. Murphy would not have suffered the mental, physical and psychological harm flight personnel inflicted upon her,” the lawsuit alleges.
While the lawsuit doesn’t specify how much Murphy is seeking, she is asking for compensation for her past and future medical expenses. She has been under the care of a psychologist after suffering from nightmares and insomnia as a result of the incident.
American Airlines released a statement and said that they are investigating the incident.
“We are reviewing the lawsuit and the details of the flight. We take the safety and comfort of our customers very seriously and we’re committed to providing a positive experience for everyone who travels with us,” the statement read.