Olympic sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson recently shared videos on Instagram alleging harassment by an American Airlines flight attendant. However, it seems that many of her fellow passengers did not share her sentiments, as they applauded when she was asked to leave the flight. Let’s take a closer look at what happened.
The Harassment Allegations
In Richardson’s video, she accused a flight attendant of harassing her when he informed her that electronic devices needed to be turned off before takeoff. She claimed the flight attendant jumped into her recording, leading her to believe that she was being harassed.
“I’m recording me, but you jumped in my video, so I caught you because you jumped in my video. You’re harassing me at this point, so I think you should stop. I think you should stop,” Richardson expressed in the video.
Richardson’s Interaction with the Flight Crew
In a second video posted on her Instagram, Richardson can be seen engaging in a discussion with the flight crew, where they inform her that the captain has requested her removal from the flight. Despite their explanation, Richardson continued to insist that she did nothing wrong and felt harassed by the flight attendant’s actions.
Unfortunately, things escalated when Richardson started cursing at fellow passengers who expressed their frustration with her disruptions during the flight.
Passengers Show Their Support
As Richardson prepared to leave the plane, some of the passengers actually applauded her removal, signaling their dissatisfaction with her behavior.
Despite the applause from fellow passengers and the airline’s decision to reaccommodate her on a later flight, Richardson still believes she was in the right. She posted an explanation on Instagram, where she argued that she was considering legal action against American Airlines. Richardson claimed that not only did the flight attendant threaten her, but he also intimidated an innocent bystander who wanted to take a picture with her.
The Controversial Past
It’s worth noting that Richardson has previously accused others of racism and faced suspension from competition in 2021 after testing positive for marijuana. Unfortunately, this led to her disqualification from the U.S. Olympic team in Track and Field.
Despite the incidents and controversies surrounding Richardson, it seems that her actions on the flight did not win her the support of her fellow passengers.