Actor Marlon Wayans is Suing United Airlines for Racial Discrimination

by Anthony Losanno
Marlon Wayans

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Back in June, I wrote about actor and comedian Marlon Wayans being removed from a United Airlines flight between Denver International Airport (DEN) and Kansas City International Airport (MCI). He and the gate agent allegedly argued about his carry-on bags, was denied boarding, and got on the plane anyway before being asked to leave (and being cited for disturbing the peace).

Now, The Daily Mail is reporting that the In Living Color star has filed a lawsuit against United Airlines. In it, he states that he is being unfairly prosecuted for disturbing the peace and that the airline employee targeted him because of his race. It goes on to say that while he had to consolidate his three bags, around 140 people boarded the flight and many had three bags or oversized bags, which violated the airline’s policy. It also includes still photos of surveillance video of white passengers with yellow arrows pointing to each of the bags in violation.

Statements recorded on police body cameras and cited in the filing relay that the gate agent told officers Wayans “shoved, pushed, or elbowed him as the comedian boarded the plane.” Wayans’ lawyers say this a lie.

Anthony’s Take: The gate agent pushed for charges in a situation where denying boarding would have been sufficient had they felt there was a valid reason around the argument. This seems like it could be a waste of time and effort on both sides, but it does make you wonder if there is some validity to Wayans’ argument around being discriminated against if that many other passengers were allowed to board with their bags.

(Featured Image Credit: @marlonwayans via Instagram.)

(H/T: View from the Wing.)

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