American Airlines responds to rapper Boosie's profane rant after missing flight
An unruly passenger aboard an American Airlines flight to Phoenix opened the airplane door and tried to jump onto the tarmac. A fellow passenger caught the aftermath on video. USA TODAY
American Airlines is clearing things up after rapper Boosie BadAzz went on a social media tirade against the airline.
Boosie (Torrence Hatch, Jr.) posted a rant against the carrier on his Instagram filled with profanity as well as racial and homophobic slurs, accusing a man associated with the airline of being racist and not letting Boosie on a flight with his children.
"The captain told you that we could be let on but you did not want us on because of your jealousy towards me," he wrote in the post, which included a threat against the airline's gate employee. "DO NOT RIDE AMERICAN AIRLINES Because u will not get to your destination on time n the people that work for this ... company have horrible attitudes."
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American Airlines "immediately began an investigation into his travel experience that including reviewing airport video footage," spokesman Ross Feinstein told USA TODAY. The airline confirmed the timeline of his journey through his reservation as well as CCTV video.
"Mr. Hatch’s inbound flight from Jackson, Miss., to Charlotte, N.C., this past Saturday was delayed, and he arrived at the gate for his connecting flight to Grand Rapids, Mich., after the airplane door had been closed," Feinstein said.
According to the airline's records, Boosie went to his connecting flight at 2:32 p.m. EST. By the time he arrived to his new gate at 2:36 p.m., the door was closed. His plane was scheduled to leave at 2:44 p.m. and, per protocol, all passengers have to be at the gate no later than 10 minutes before departure. The plane left a few minutes ahead of schedule at 2:41 p.m. EST.
"We immediate rebooked Mr. Hatch and his family for a later flight, which is our standard procedure for missed connections," Feinstein added.
"American Airlines is... ALWAYS DELAYED , THE PLANES ALWAYS SHAKING, FIRST CLASS TREATMENT IS (expletive), THEY BARELY HAVE TVS ON THIS (expletive) PLANE...I HOPE U... CRASH N BURN," Boosie wrote in his NSFW post.
USA TODAY has reached out to Boosie's rep for comment.
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