Jason Derulo has blasted American Airlines for racism following an incident at the airport in Miami Wednesday during which police officers were called.
The rapper and his entourage arrived to catch a flight to Los Angeles but were told their baggage couldn’t be loaded onto the same flight they were traveling on.
Shortly after the plane left the gate for the runway, one member of the group, who had stayed behind to take a later flight with the luggage, called Derulo to tell him they were going to be charged for both the ticket and the bags.
That’s when the recording artist said he ordered the plane be turned around and go back to the gate and when he disembarked cops were waiting for him.
He subsequently posted a photo of an AA employee and wrote: ‘I spent millions on your airline throughout the past ten years between myself and my entire staff but have still experienced racial discrimination today at Miami airport!!!’
DERULO WENT ON: ‘CALLED 15 POLICE OFFICERS ON ME AS IF I’M A CRIMINAL! IT’S NOT OK THAT WHEN YOU FIND OUT WHO I AM THE GEARS CHANGE! F*** THAT!! I WANT ANSWERS.’
In a selfie video posted by TMZ later, Derulo claims he was cussed out by the plane’s pilot and that despite his status as a Concierge Key holder, the airline wanted $6,000 to ship his 20 bags on a separate flight.
However, TMZ later updated its story clarifying that as an elite customer, Derulo could check three bags for free – but since he was traveling in a group and left the bags behind while he and seven friends took the scheduled flight, the airline wouldn’t check everyone’s luggage on the ticket of the one entourage member who stayed behind to travel with the bags.
spoke out: The rapper, who claimed to have spent millions of dollars with AA, posted this message to Instagram and also vented about his treatment in a video that he shared with TMZ
Miami-Dade police however, told the local ABC affiliate 10 News that they responded to requests from American Airlines twice.
The first time they responded to an incident at the ticket counter. The second time they responded to the gate, but when they got there a representative for the airline told them there wasn’t an issue.
No arrests were made and the group continued on to Los Angeles, according to police.