Family kicked off flight over alleged body odor sues, claiming 'unbearable humiliation'

Family kicked off flight over alleged body odor sues, claiming 'unbearable humiliation'

A metro Detroit family is suing American Airlines for discrimination after the airline kicked them off the flight following body odor complaints.

In the civil action filed this week in Texas, Michigan residents Yehuda Yosef Adler and Jennie Adler said they suffered from "unbearable humiliation, embarrassment and mental and emotional anguish", after being removed from Detroit-bound Flight 1023 in Miami on January 23, 2019.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the lawsuit, filed January 28 in a Texas federal court, alleges the agent said he knew Orthodox Jews only showered once per week.

In a statement to the news outlet, the Texas-based airline reiterated its claim that several passengers and crew members had complained of a body odor. It said the Adler name was defamed after American Airlines released a statement that the family had body odor, resulting in online searches that yield "body odor" along with "Adler", according to the complaint.

Court documents claim that the pilot for the flight was "nasty and humiliating" towards the family when they boarded the plane and asked for headphones.

"None of the decisions made by our team in handling this sensitive situation were based on the Adler's [sic] religion", it added. The airline said it provided the family with hotel accommodations and meals and rebooked them on a flight to Detroit the next morning.

About five minutes after they sat down, a gate agent walked onto the plane and told the family there was an emergency, according to the lawsuit. They claim customers complained about Mr Adler's odour.

The pilot allegedly was standing there at the time Yehuda asked and said, "I wasn't on that plane and we don't offer anything complimentary".

The family insisted they all showered the morning before the flight.

The plane left with Adler's luggage, leaving the family without a change of clothes, their child's vehicle seat, stroller and diapers.

The lawsuit states that the couple, who are visibly Jewish, were racially profiled and discriminated against.

The family left the plane and was told they were taken off because of "extremely offensive body odor", according to the lawsuits.

The day of the incident, Yehuda Adler wore a yarmulke and Jennie Adler wore a shaytel, a wig worn by some married Orthodox Jewish women.

'The Adlers suffered and will continue in the future to suffer trauma, stigmatization, severe mental and emotional distress, depression, despair, repugnance, embarrassment, public humiliation, damage to personal reputation, anxiety, fear and apprehension associated with airports and flying, loss of appetite, insomnia and migraines, ' the suit reads.

"The Adlers are being pressured to see their race and religion as inferior to that of Whites, dirty and unwelcome", the lawsuit states.

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