Frontier Airlines Accused a Black Woman of Trafficking Her 4 Year-Old White Sister
A woman on a recent flight to Dallas found the skies very much less than friendly after she was reportedly profiled and accused of a horrific crime.
KMGH-TV in Denver reports that 21-year-old Lakeyjanay Bailey of Aurora, Colorado traveled from Denver to Dallas with her four-year-old white adoptive sister, Olivia. When they arrived at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, the authorities asked if they could speak to her for a moment.
Lakeyjanay says Olivia was directly asked by one of the officers “if she knows me and what am I to her, and he asked what my mom was to her."
According to the DFW Department of Public Safety, the officers were there because Frontier Airlines employees requested they meet the two at the gate after a passenger reportedly claimed there might be human trafficking going on.
"The whole time they were talking with us, people kept staring at us, whispering and stuff," said Bailey.
Later, authorities spoke with Bailey's mother and a social worker to confirm why the two were traveling together.
"If the roles were changed and it was a white person walking off the plane with a Black person, as a Black child, I feel like things would be different," added Bailey.
They are now considering whether to file a racial discrimination lawsuit against Frontier Airlines.
Frontier confirmed in a statement that officers were called because a passenger voiced their concern.
"A concern was raised during the flight by another passenger who was sitting near the woman and child and suspected human trafficking,” the statement reads. “That passenger approached the flight crew with those concerns and subsequently completed a written report during the flight to document her observations. The captain was notified and felt an obligation to report the matter. Air travel is one of the most common means of human trafficking. Race played no part in the actions of the flight crew who were following established protocols.”
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