Former unified light-welterweight world boxing champion Amir Khan has lashed out at American Airlines after he was allegedly removed from a flight between New York to Colorado Springs.
The 34-year old is expected announce a retirement bout against Kellbrook two years after his TKO defeat over Billy Dib. But, he was forced to wait until the next day to begin his training camp.
After a dispute over masks, the Olympic silver medalist from Athens 2004, has taken aim at the airline. He was removed from the plane and had to reschedule.
Khan took to Twitter to voice his complaints on Saturday evening, saying that he is heartbroken by how he and his team had allegedly been treated by staff.
He wrote: “Disgusted to be banned by AmericanAir and traveloneworld for not been able to fly to training camp, i got escorted by police off the plane for no reason.
“I would like to see evidence for any wrong doings! #AAteam #Notallterrorists.”
Adding more details in a video that went on for over a minute.
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He said: “I was taken off the plane today when I was going to training camp in Colorado Springs by police.
“A complaint was made by American Airlines staff, they said my colleague’s mask was not high enough and not up, that they had to stop the plane and take me and my friend off when I did nothing wrong.
“They kicked us both off.
“He was sitting in 1B, while I was at 1A. It is disgusting and disgraceful. I was supposed go to Colorado Springs to train camp, but now I am back in New York and have to reschedule another flight to get back to camp.
“It’s really upsetting; there was no reason and I’m so disgusted that American Airlines would do this and ban me from travelling.
“There must be cameras that they can see to see if I or my colleague were bad in any way or caused. Scene in any way.
“I’ve never seen this happen before and I’m heartbroken.”
Daily Star Sport reached out to American Airlines for comment and were told: “Prior to takeoff, American Airlines Flight 700, with service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), returned to the gate to deplane two customers who reportedly refused to comply with repeated crew member requests to stow luggage, place cell phones in airplane mode and adhere to federal face covering requirements.
“Our Customer Relations team is reaching out to Mr. Khan to learn more about his experience and reinforce the importance of policies implemented for the safety of our customers and crew.”