A family who were removed from an American Airlines flight following complaints about their body odour are claiming another reason for being booted.
Yossi and Jennie Adler were all set to fly home to Detroit with their young daughter last week, before being forced off the plane at Miami International Airport due to complaints made by passengers about their body odour.
“All of a sudden, as soon as they took us off, they closed the gate, and then they said: ‘Oh, sorry sir. Some people complained that you had body odour. We’re not letting you back on,” Mr Adler told WPLG Local 10 News.
The Adler family claims that while they were told their luggage would be taken off the plane, this was not the case.
In a statement to Travel Weekly, an American Airlines spokesperson said: “The Adler family were asked to deplane Wednesday evening after multiple passengers, along with our crew members, complained about Mr Adler’s body odour.
“Our Miami airport team members were concerned about the comfort of our other passengers due to the odour. Our team members took care of the family and provided hotel accommodations and meals, and rebooked them on a flight to Detroit [on] Thursday morning.
However, in an interview with The Washington Post, Mr Adler said he was forced to pay for food and lodging, as the vouchers provided by the airline didn’t work.
American Airlines told The Washington Post it was looking into the issue to ensure the Adler family were reimbursed for the out-of-pocket expenses.
And while the Adlers did make it back home to Miami and were reunited with their luggage, Mr Adler – who is Jewish – believes anti-Semitism was the real reason behind he and his family being booted from the American Airlines flight.
“Obviously, there was a reason,” Mr Adler told The Washington Post. “But I think it was an anti-Semitic reason.”
“Even if it wasn’t, they were anti-Semitic afterward.”