A Michigan family was kicked off a plane in Florida on Wednesday night by American Airlines Staff after what the airline said were complaints from other passengers about their body odor.
According to NBC News, Yossi Adler, his wife, Jennie, and their 19-month-old daughter were seated on a Miami-to-Detroit flight when ground crew asked them to step off the plane — and then the door closed behind them.
“They said, `Sir, people have complained that you have body odor,’ ” Adler told NBC News on Thursday. “I said: `Excuse me? I need to get home. There is no body odor on me.’ ”
The family who was in Florida on vacation, made it back to Detroit on Thursday and the airline stood behind its decision.
“The Adler family were asked to deplane last night after several passengers, along with our crew members, complained about their body odor,” American Airlines said in a statement. “The family were provided hotel accommodations and meals, and re-booked on a flight to Detroit today.”
“There’s a religious reason for some reason that they’re kicking me off the plane. We don’t have odor, OK? Nobody here has odor,” Adler can be heard saying on the video he shot himself.
Later a ground crew member asked, “Now you told me for religious reasons you don’t shower, is that what you said?”
Adler responded: “No I didn’t! I shower every day. I said you kicked me off because of religious reasons.”
American Airlines insisted that body odor, not religion, was behind Wednesday night’s actions.