The newest airline scuffle is between Delta Air Lines and the widely famed, rap/hip-hop group Migos. The group’s manager is alleging one of their members was racially discriminated upon boarding a plane last week.
The three member group, “Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff,” as well as their manager, boarded a flight from Atlanta, Georgia to Des Moines, Iowa. They didn’t make it to their destination on that flight, however.
After the trio settled into first class, their manager claims the artists fell asleep. One of the members, Takeoff, apparently left his book bag on the floor, as opposed to putting it in the overhead compartment which the flight attendants had instructed everyone to use.
Takeoff, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, even refused to buckle his seatbelt as directed by the airline’s crew. Their manager claims it was much less about being disobedient and much more about Ball’s sleeping through instructions. According to TMZ, the rap group’s manager reports that Ball was unaware of any instructions to place his baggage in a proper area.
As the plane began to taxi the runway, the pilot reverted the plane back to the gate after noticing the baggage still on the floor. Ball was subsequently kicked off of the flight — his manager and fellow group members leaving with him in an act of solidarity.
“Delta flight 1532 from Atlanta to Des Moines returned to the gate, prior to departure, to deplane several customers seated in the First Class cabin who repeatedly refused to follow crew member instructions to buckle their seatbelts and stow carry-on items in the overhead bins,” Delta Air Lines explained in a statement.
In the heat of the moment, Migo’s manager claimed the incident was a matter of “racial profiling” and threatened to sue.
TMZ’s video captures the exchange, predominantly between the manager and Delta representatives.
“I need to see the captain! He needs to come out here! We need to see the captain!”
“That is not an option for you,” the gate manager responds before walking away.
The manager attempts to follow her back onto the plane, stating, “We’re gonna sue Delta for this f*cking flight!… We’re suing Delta by the way on this sh*t!”
Despite the harsh interaction, Delta reportedly booked the group on another flight, which got the group to Iowa just an hour before their scheduled show. The group was able to perform and after the incident, Migos went to Instagram to express gratitude for rebooking their flight.
“Right is right wrong is wrong. Thanks @delta for making it your job to get us to our concert on time!!! Wholeplane,” the trio wrote.
It is unclear how racial profiling played into the altercation, considering Ball did not follow common airline instructions.