Sha’Carri Richardson says she was kicked off an American Airlines flight after arguing with a flight attendant

Sha’Carri Richardson says she was kicked off an American Airlines flight after arguing with a flight attendant

USA track and field star Sha’Carri Richardson claims she was removed from an American Airlines flight after arguing with a flight attendant.

In a series of posts and stories on his official Instagram, the 22-year-old says a male flight attendant asked her to get off a phone call, which she did before telling him she didn’t like the sound.

“After standing in front of me doing the safety protocols he kept leaning over to look at my phone,” Richardson said in an Instagram story tagging American Airlines. “He asked to see that my phones were in airplane mode at this point. He demanded that I show him. Which I did in front of him.”

In a video that Richardson says was taken after the interaction with the flight attendant, she can be seen taking a video of herself.

“Not working today,” she says. msgstr “Vacation time.”

It is not clear where Richardson was flying.

Richardson then pans the phone camera to a flight attendant next to her, who is then seen backing away.

“I’m recording me but you jumped into my video so I caught you, because you jumped into my video,” says Richardson.

“You can’t record,” the flight attendant is heard saying.

“You’re harassing me at this point so I think you should stop, I think you should stop,” Richardson replies.

NBC News does not know what happened before Richardson started recording.

Laughter is then heard from other passengers, some of whom are asking Richardson to stop.

“You see it right? Can you see him right?” Richardson asks them. “Tell him to stop. If you don’t know what’s going on, don’t laugh at me.”

“You can stop the recording” says the flight attendant.

“No, I’m not going to stop recording because I was making a video for myself,” Richardson replies.

Richardson posted another video on her Instagram showing the moments before she was asked to leave the flight.

“I definitely listened to instructions but the way he was talking to me was very unprofessional and then he had his hands all in my face,” Richardson can be heard saying in the video, which has more than 47,000 likes once.

A fellow passenger is then heard thanking Richardson, blaming her for missing his connecting flight.

“Oh so you’re worried about hooking up with a grown man ignoring me?” she said.

“I don’t give as ***,” says the passenger before calling Richardson selfish.

Someone then approaches Richardson and tells her that she is being asked to leave the plane. When she asks why, the person replies, “The captain wants you off the plane.”

“Does the captain know what happened before I got there?” she says. “So do they know that this man has his hands up in my face and he was very disrespectful and I felt threatened?”

Richardson asks to speak to the captain and also if the flight attendant she was arguing with will also be removed from the plane.

“So, is it not being removed after being unprofessional and having his hand in my face?” she replies after learning that the flight attendant will not be asked to leave the flight. “So I’m being removed from the plane without even explaining why?”

The track star then asks what the flight attendant’s name is, and he tells her again that she’s not allowed to record.

“No, but you jumped in my video, that’s what started the whole thing and the video shows that you jumped in my video and invaded my privacy, you know that right?” she tells him. “So there’s a chance you’ll lose your job because I have evidence.”

Laughter is heard again from the other passengers. Richardson begins to gather her things in preparation to leave the plane.

“You’ll see it on social media, because you have no idea who I am,” she says as she exits the plane.

Applause is heard as Richardson moves to escape the plane.

NBC News has reached out to Richardson’s staff for comment. American Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Richardson, who rose to fame when she qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, was later suspended for a month after testing positive for THC, the chemical in cannabis, according to the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Richardson sat down for an exclusive interview on NBC’s “TODAY” show after failing the drug test.

“Right now I’m just putting all my energy into dealing with the things I have to deal with to heal myself,” Richardson said at the time.

Richardson said during the interview that she turned to marijuana to cope after a reporter told her that her biological mother had died.

“I want to take responsibility for my actions,” she said. “I’m not asking for an apology.”

“I want to say to my fans and my family and my sponsors, to the haters, too, I’m sorry,” she said. “As much as I’m disappointed, I know that when I step on that track, I don’t represent myself, I represent a community that has shown me a lot of support, a lot of love.”

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