Camille Henderson claims Delta Air Lines discriminated against her because she’s a Black woman. She alleged that the airline made her move to a seat in the back of the plane to accommodate two white women. The company is currently investigating the incident.

The discrimination allegedly happened on Feb. 3 when Henderson was traveling from Atlanta to California. She had purchased a seat in row 15 and mid-flight she was asked to move back to row 34 so two white women could have more space. Camille Henderson said that the women had been complaining that they purchased first-class tickets but couldn’t prove it to the flight staff.

“They felt like they were ticketed first-class seats, but they couldn’t provide the tickets,” said Henderson. At one point, the Black woman started recording the situation and said one person was heard saying, “Unfortunately, my first-class seats are occupied.”

Camille Henderson claims she faced discrimination on a Delta Air Lines flight after she was asked to move to the back of the plane to accommodate two white women. (Credit: ABC7 News YouTube)

After an hour of complaining, the Delta Air Lines flight attendants found a solution, but it meant Camille Henderson had to move. She said that the flight crew asked if she was flying alone and then said that there was a seat in row 34 on the aisle. Henderson ended up moving because she didn’t want to cause a scene and get removed from the plane.

Airlines across the country have been removing disruptive passengers from flights and according to the Federal Aviation Administration website, the FAA is adopting a strict zero-tolerance policy when it came to violence. They said, “Passengers who interfere with, physically assault, or threaten to physically assault aircraft crew or anyone else on an aircraft face stiff penalty, including fines of up to $35,000 and imprisonment. This dangerous behavior can distract, disrupt, and threaten crewmembers’ safety functions.”

“I don’t want to make it a race thing, but instead of asking the two white women that were seated next to me (to move), in an attempt to accommodate them, they basically made me have to move,” Henderson told ABC 7. “I just don’t know why I had to move because that was the seat that I paid for, that was my assigned seat. As I’m walking back there it’s just humiliating. It’s like having the entire flight look at you and asking what’s going on.”

When Camille Henderson got home, she filed a complaint with the airline but was not taken seriously. She waited on hold for hours and was later told that the airline couldn’t do anything for her. The Delta Air Lines representative said, “How were you humiliated for them to ask you to go to another seat?” She then reached out to ABC7 News for help.

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After her flight, the Black woman said that Delta did nothing to solve her problem. The airline said they are investigating the incident to learn what happened. (Credit: ABC7 News YouTube)

Since the incident, Delta Air Lines released a statement and said the company is actively investigating the situation to understand what happened.

They said, “We are looking into this situation to better understand what happened. Delta has no tolerance for discrimination in any form and these allegations run counter to our deeply held values of respecting and honoring the diversity of our customers.”

Henderson said that Delta’s statement feels empty and that she doesn’t have much hope. The California woman who was once a longtime customer of Delta said that she will never fly with the airline again.

She said, “me, as a Black woman, I was displaced to make two white women comfortable. That doesn’t make any sense to me.”