Amir Khan claims US police escorted him off flight “for no reason”


The 34-year-old boxer alleged he was “banned” by American Airlines (Steven Paston / PA)

British boxer Amir Khan said he was escorted from a flight to the United States by police “for no reason.”

The 34-year-old, who has also appeared on reality TV shows including I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here !, claimed he was “banned” by American Airlines.

In a video posted to Twitter, he said he was trying to get to a training camp in Colorado from New York City, but he and a colleague were fired when someone complained that the mask of his colleague “was not high enough”.

He said he was “disgusted” by his alleged treatment.

Khan said: “I was taken off the plane today on my way to training camp in Colorado Springs by the police.

“Obviously, a complaint was filed by the staff of American Airlines, they said that my colleague’s mask was not high enough and not high enough, that they had to stop the plane and take me away with it. my friend when I had done nothing wrong.

“They both threw us, I was sitting on 1A, he was sitting on 1B – I find it so disgusting and so disrespectful, I was supposed to go to Colorado Springs for training camp and now I’m off. back to New York for another day.

“Now I have to reschedule another plane to go back to training camp, which is really upsetting for no reason and I’m so disgusted that American Airlines is doing this to us and forbidding me to travel.

“I’m sure there must be cameras on the plane that they could see, or someone should see, to see if my coworker was really bad anyway or caused a scene of a way it had to be taken off the plane – I’ve never seen this happen before.

An American Airlines spokesperson said: “Before take off, American Airlines Flight 700, with service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), returned to the door to disembark two customers who allegedly refused to comply with repeated requests from crew members to stow away luggage, put cellphones in airplane mode and meet federal face covering requirements.

“Our Customer Relations team is reaching out to Mr. Khan to learn more about his experience and to reinforce the importance of the policies implemented for the safety of our customers and our crew.”

He denied that Khan and his colleague were banned from traveling on American Airlines in the future, and said police were not involved in asking either of the passengers to disembark.

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