Passenger Kicked Off Flight Over Black Lives Matter Button

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A passenger flying on Spirit Airlines got kicked off his flight after confronting a flight attendant over her Black Lives Matter pin.

Robert Coyle, upset about the “Black Lives Matter, White Supremacy Kill” pin a flight attendant wore, told her that “All Lives Matter,” reports Fox 13.

“I said to her, ‘All lives matter.’ And she said, ‘I disagree with you, I disagree with you on so many levels.’ And then she went into some sort of memorized, ‘I really can’t speak politically while I am in uniform,'” Coyle said.

The flight attendant asked the pilot to take the plane back to the gate after Coyle took a picture of her wearing the pin. He told her he would delete the photo after she maintained that taking her photo violated airlines rules.

Coyle was still kicked off his flight, but was able to recover the photo.

“No company should allow that to happen unless they are willing to accept the consequences for that happening,” Coyle maintained.

Spirit released a statement on the matter, saying that the pin broke their uniform policy.

“While we appreciate that Spirit employees have a wide range of personal views, the expression of those views should not interfere with their ability to provide a positive customer experience when in uniform and on duty,” their statement said.

Spirit has since rectified the situation, giving Coyle an unreleased compensation and disciplining the flight attendant.

A flight attendant with American Airlines came under fire for a Black Lives Matter pin in September. Maggie Dietrich shared a photo of the male attendant wearing the pin with the caption “Disgraceful” to American Airlines’ Facebook page.

Some defended the attendant, declaring that American Airlines should stand by an employee that rejects “the murder of black people by police” while others vowed to boycott the company for supporting a “hate group.”

“The button in question in the photo is not a company-sanctioned item, and we have let our flight attendant colleague, who continues to be employed with us, know this so he can remain compliant with our uniform guidelines while continuing to care for our customers,” American Airlines said in a statement.

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