Amir Khan and colleague removed from American Airlines flight after reporting row of face masks | Boxing News



Amir Khan says he is “disgusted” after he and a colleague were pulled from an American Airlines flight on Saturday for failing to meet face covering requirements.

The former welterweight world champion said in a Twitter post he was trying to get to a training camp in Colorado from New York City, but he and his colleague were fired when someone complained that his colleague’s mask “was not high enough”.

Khan then claimed he was escorted from the flight by police “for no reason.”

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 made 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 me. take with 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 in any way or caused a scene. in a way it had to be taken off the plane – I’ve never seen that happen before. “

Terence Crawford set to beat Khan at Madison Square Garden in 2019

However, American Airlines took issue with Khan’s claim that he and his colleague were fired “for no reason,” saying they apparently would not comply with a number of crew member requests.

The airline also denied that the police were involved in asking any of the passengers to leave the flight or that they were prohibited from flying with them again.

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.”

Khan was a lightweight silver medalist at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens before making his professional debut a year later.

He moved up to welterweight and won the WBA world title in 2009 with a victory over Andreas Kotelnik before winning the IBF belt with a victory over Zab Judah two years later. However, Khan ceded his titles to Lamont Peterson later that year.

The 34-year-old also fought Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for the world middleweight title and Terence Crawford for the world welterweight title, but was stopped each time.

He last fought against Australia’s Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia in 2019.


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