A Michigan family accuse American airline of racism after they were kicked off from their flight after passengers complained about their body odor claiming that the real reason was that they were a Jewish family.
Yossi and Jennie Adler and their 19-month-old daughter were on an American Airlines flight back to Detroit on Wednesday night when they said they were escorted off the plane.
"All of a sudden, as soon as they took us off, they closed the gate and then they said, 'Sorry, sir, some people complained you had body odor and we're not letting you back on,'" said Yossi Adler.
The family was told American Airlines would remove their luggage from their plane, but they did not, Adler said. Instead, the couple and their child were left without their clothes, car seat or stroller.
American Airlines sent a statement about the incident on Wednesday night acknowledging the reason for their removal.
"Mr. Adler and his wife were removed from the flight when several passengers complained about their body odor," the statement said. "They have been booked into a hotel for the night and given meal vouchers. They have been rebooked on a flight Thursday."
"We stopped several people in the airport and, it's embarrassing, but we asked them, 'Do you think we smell? Because we just got kicked off a plane for smelling," Jennie Adler said.
Yossi Adler said he's frustrated and wants to know the real reason they were forced off the plane.
"I want them to own up to what really happened and to tell me the truth," he said. "What was it?"
The family is suspecting the real reason behind the whole incident was religious.