Queer rapper and poet, Mykki Blanco, fell asleep on his Delta Airlines flight — and woke up to find a menacing police officer hovering above him.
In a series of tweets, Blanco detailed the “most bizarre form of homophobia” he experienced on board the plane. The musician said he was traveling from Toronto to Detroit on Friday, and dozed off during the flight. He was woken up by a cop, who was, incidentally, called by the man sitting next to Blanco.
“He said that he was not comfortable and did not know how Delta allowed ‘someone like me’ to board the plane with him and sit next to him,” Blanco said of the passenger.
The excuse itself is ridiculous but what was even more outrageous was that instead of calling out the passenger for his homophobic ideals, the cop instead threatened to arrest Blanco.
“Then I was told by a police officer that an FBI report would be made from our ‘interaction,’ except I did not interact,” said the understandably confused rapper. “I was told I would ‘go to jail’ if I continued to ask questions about why this police officer was giving preferential treatment to this man.”
This is REAL @Delta. Then I was told by a police officer that an FBI report would be made from our "interaction", except I did not interact— mykki blanco (@MykkiBlanco) February 17, 2017
I was told I would "go to jail" if I continued to ask questions about why this police officer was giving preferential treatment to this man— mykki blanco (@MykkiBlanco) February 17, 2017
“I was then told I could file a report myself and give “my side of the story”... but the entire incident itself is fabricated,” ended Blanco.
I was then told I could file a report myself and give "my side of the story".. but the entire incident itself is fabricated— mykki blanco (@MykkiBlanco) February 17, 2017
This is the most bizarre form of homophobia I have ever encountered— mykki blanco (@MykkiBlanco) February 17, 2017
Soon after Blanco let loose his frustrations on social media, sympathetic people flooded his account and told him to file a lawsuit against the airline.
@MykkiBlanco I'm shaking in rage for you!!! This is unacceptable and completely horrifying. I'm so so sorry that you had to exp such poison.— Cristine (@Owl_ofthewoods) February 18, 2017
@MykkiBlanco other passengers and the info on their cell phones will back you up. Delta or that dude will wind up paying your lawyers fees.— Julie in IB (@julie91932) February 18, 2017
@MykkiBlanco welcome to Trumpland. I have news for you it's going to get a hell of a lot worse before it gets better :-(— Sheila Noyah (@SheilaNoyah) February 20, 2017
@MykkiBlanco Your lawyer can file a report on your behalf indicating YOUR discomfort w being the target of a fabricated incident.— Julie in IB (@julie91932) February 18, 2017
Delta quickly reached out to the musician over Twitter and apologized for the incident, stating “discrimination of any kind isn’t tolerated.”
@MykkiBlanco Hi Mykki, I honestly can't believe what my eyes are reading. I am so very sorry to hear that you had to experience... 1/4— Delta (@Delta) February 17, 2017
@MykkiBlanco ...something like this on a Delta flight. Discrimination of any kind isn't tolerated. We love ALL of our passengers.... 2/4— Delta (@Delta) February 17, 2017
@MykkiBlanco ...Would you mind following me for a DM to explain in detail about what happened? I will also need your confirmation... 3/4— Delta (@Delta) February 17, 2017
@MykkiBlanco ...code. *SD 4/4— Delta (@Delta) February 17, 2017
Since the incident, Blanco has relayed more messages to Delta and hopes the company comes forward to “provide proof that I slept through the entire flight.”
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