Jason Derulo Goes on Rant Against American Airlines, Alleges Racial Discrimination After Incident at Miami Air
By Jackie Willis
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Jason Derulo was not pleased with how he was treated by those working at American Airlines, and let his Instagram followers know it in an angry post on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old musician lashed out at the company after an incident that occurred at Miami International Airport, where he claims he was mistreated by airline employees following a dispute over baggage fees.
"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 writes, slamming American Airlines. "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**k that!! I want answers."
An incident report obtained by Miami's Local 10 News says Derulo and his entourage arrived to the airport at 4:15 p.m. to board a 5 p.m. flight and "all smelled of marijuana and were starting to get aggressive," according to an American Airlines employee.
The report notes that a police officer asked the employee if she needed assistance. The employee declined, but the officer then saw members of Derulo's group passing through a security checkpoint.
TMZ is reporting that the "Wiggle" singer and his entourage of eight tried to check 19 bags without any charge. In a video posted on the website, Derulo is heard explaining that he is a Concierge Key member of American Airlines, and therefore should be allowed to bring unlimited bags onto the plane, free of charge.
An airline representative told Local 10 that even the airline's most elite customers are only allowed to check three complimentary bags. The news station also reports that a member of Derulo's party stayed behind to deal with the luggage, as the singer and the rest of his entourage went to board the plane.
According to Local 10, Derulo got a call from the person who stayed behind letting him know that he would still be charged $4,000 in baggage fees. TMZ reports that Derulo then got into a heated altercation with the pilot and demanded to be taken back to the gate.
The incident report claims that police were called to the gate because "the captain of the plane needed several passengers removed from the plane."
American Airlines later released a statement regarding the incident. "Flight 275 returned to the gate prior to departure," the company stated, according to Local 10. "A passenger elected to deplane in order to travel with their checked bags. The passenger has been rebooked with his checked bags on a later flight this evening."
This isn't Derulo's first run-in with an airline. In August 2015, he was kicked off a flight when his bodyguard allegedly got into an argument with TSA agents.