Jason Derulo Accuses American Airlines Of Racism (VIDEO)
Jason Derulo is accusing American Airlines of racism after an incident involving the police.
Derulo, who says he is a Concierge Key member, claims he had trouble checking in at Miami International Airport on Wednesday when he and his eight-person entourage were allegedly told they couldn’t check their nearly 20 bags. It’s unclear if the issue was the large quantity or the timing of Derulo’s arrival at the airport. But he elected to have one person in his crew stay back to take the baggage on a later flight.
But after boarding his own flight, Derulo says he was told it would cost $6,000 for the additional bags. He demanded the plane return to the gate so he could disembark, reportedly leading to an expletive-filled argument with the pilot. What’s more, though, is police officers were waiting for the singer after the plane taxied back to the gate.
Derulo, however, says the dispute only took a turn in his favor after he was recognized as a celebrity, and he’s now questioning if he would’ve been arrested if he was an ordinary, non-famous black man. On Instagram, he wrote, “.@americanair I spent millions on your airline throughout the past ten years between myself and my entire staff but have still experienced racial discrimination today at miami airport!!! Called 15 police officers on me as if I’m a criminal!”
The performer continued, “It’s not ok that when you find out who I am the gears change! F*ck that!! I want answers.” He added the hashtags, “#conciergekey #conciergekeymember #thecaptainneedstoshowrespecttoo cause he could #cashmeoutsidehowboutdat #notypo #ifiwasanyoneelseiwouldhavebeenarrested.”
Derulo’s message was accompanied by a photo of an American Airlines staffer. The airline has not yet commented on the incident. See video of the star describing the situation below.