A passenger flying United Airlines was removed from a flight on Wednesday after being told her clothing—an A$AP Rocky t-shirt and a Marvel Comics Black Panther hat—were making the pilot “uncomfortable.”
Amanda Stevens, a freelance e-sports writer, tweeted United staffers talked to her and asked her to remove the shirt, which was pulled from stores over its upside-down American flag design, while traveling to Chicago.
Minutes later, Stevens tweeted that she was asked to remove her hat, which featured Black Panther.
Finally, Stevens said she was booted off the flight.
Stevens didn't respond to a Fusion request for comment and a representative said she wasn't granting interview requests.
Reached by i09, Stevens said she had flown in the outfit before but with the shirt turned inside out. She was allowed to board the Albany to Chicago flight but after "grumbling" in frustration during an interaction with a flight attendant, Stevens said she was removed from the plane. Stevens last told the site she was finally on another flight to Chicago to cover the League of Legends quarterfinals.
In response to questions from Fusion about the incident, a United spokesperson said in an emailed statement:
We are in contact with Ms. Stevens to discuss this matter further. Both United and SkyWest hold our employees to the highest standards of professionalism and have zero tolerance for discrimination.