United Air Ejects Passenger Whose Hat Made The Pilot 'Uncomfortable'

Apparently, superhero hats and T-shirts designed by rappers are so upsetting that a United Airlines pilot couldn't fly.

A black transgender journalist, Amanda Stevens, was recently kicked off a United flight from Albany to Chicago because her T-shirt was making the pilot “uncomfortable.”

Her shirt was from A$AP Rocky's 2015 PacSun line that featured an upside down American flag.


Stevens, who identifies as a woman, was going to Chicago to cover the world championship tournament for an online battle game League of Legends. While boarding the plane, an airline representative seemed concerned about her outfit. Once she was on the flight, Stevens was asked to remove her Black Panther Marvel super hero hat. She then had a tense exchange with a flight attendant who told her to place her bag under the front seat.


Stevens continued to tweet updates of the following events, announcing that she was kicked off the flight, and then not placed on another one until three hours later. The airline claimed that her exchange with the flight attendant was the reason she was kicked off the plane.





According to the United States Flag code, the upside-down flag is only supposed to be used as a sign of “dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.” However A$AP Rocky claims that it “represents the way we’re fighting.”

“The reason that those flags are upside down are because our world is upside down,” the rapper said at a performance in 2012.

“We're just trying to be understood,” he added speaking up for the black community.

Stevens received a lot of support from fellow Twitter users who narrated similar incidents and called out the airline for being racist.






The airline even sent a statement to io9 about the incident, but confused it with a bad experience another flyer had two weeks ago.

“We have reached out to Ms. Campos to discuss her concerns,” they said. “Our goal is to provide safe and comfortable travel for all of our customers and we regret that Ms. Campos was unhappy with the handling of the seat assignments on her flight.”

It is absolutely ridiculous that a woman’s superhero hat and a T-shirt can cause havoc on a flight. It is even more absurd that the pilot, who does not even have to see the woman or have any contact with her, felt uncomfortable.

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