British boxer and former lightweight world champion Amir Khan has been removed from a plane trip in the United States of America, after what was said to be a dispute over the wearing of the muzzle.
Khan, 34, said he was removed from an American Airlines flight with one of his escorts by police after a passenger complained that the mask he wore was “not high enough” to completely cover his nose and mouth.
The airline said the flight from Newark Airport to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport had returned to the passenger gate after reports that two passengers had refused to “accomplish cabin crew requests”.
The company denied police involvement in the incident.
A spokesman for the airline said, “The customer service team is trying to communicate with Mr. Amir Khan, regarding what happened, and we stress the importance of our procedures for the safety of all passengers and crew as well.”
In a clip posted on his Twitter account, Amir Khan said he was on his way to a training camp in Colorado, after spending some time, in New York, and that he felt “sickened” by the treatment he received.
The former world champion added, “I was picked up from the plane, today, by the police, while I was heading to a training camp in Colorado.”
“Obviously there was a complaint by the crew of the American Airlines plane, they said that my companion’s muzzle, was not high enough, and they decided to stop the plane, and remove me and my companion while I did nothing wrong,” he said.
And he continued, “Now I have to arrange the flight with another company, to go to the training camp, and it is frustrating and nauseating that American Airlines is preventing me from traveling in this way.”
The company explained that flight number 700 returned to the passenger gate at Newark International Airport, in New Jersey, after it was reported that “two passengers repeatedly refused to respond to crew requests, to organize bags, turn off mobile phones, and adhere to federal standards regarding masks, during the flight.” .
“According to the procedures, the police attended when the flight returned to the gate, but they did not interfere in dealing with any of the passengers, or asking them to leave the plane,” she added.
The statement confirmed that neither Amir Khan nor his companions were banned from boarding the company’s planes.