NC NAACP President removed from flight in D.C.

Posted at 3:17 PM, Apr 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-17 15:17:22-04

Washington, D.C. – Rev. William Barber, the North Carolina NAACP president, was removed from his American Airlines flight to Raleigh-Durham International.

According to, this happened Friday night just after 10 p.m. at Ronald Reagan National Airport.

He says the flight was scheduled to take off at 10:20 p.m. Before that happened, the captain called for the flight to return to the gate because of a disruptive passenger.

Barber was escorted off the plane.

“I was in D.C. returning from preaching at a national ecumenical multi-racial gathering of faith leaders dealing with racism, voting rights and poverty,” Barber told WTVD. “It happened before the plane left the gate.”

Barber says he was unclear why he was asked to get off the plane.

“I chose to abide by the request without challenge and to address later the issues interpretations around what precipitated it, as well as my response and my treatment,” he said. “I have turned this over to my counsel who have advised me, as is protocol, to speak with them first before any other statements are made. My prayer as always is fairness.”

The airline did not release anymore details.

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