Man says beard got him kicked off Alaska Airlines flight

Posted at 11:10 PM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-17 23:10:42-04

DALLAS -- An Alaska Airlines customer says his facial hair got him kicked off a flight after other passengers complained.

Mark French said he tried to board his flight at DFW Airport Wednesday night, according to KDAF, but was kicked off after a passenger complained he looked "Arabic and scary." French's sister explained what happened in a Facebook post:

French said he was on a business call in the waiting area when a woman told him to put his phone away.

Courtesy: Mark French

Courtesy: Mark French

Before he knew it, he claims, he was approached by security guards who told him he couldn't board the plane until he was clean shaven.

Here's a pic of the stubble that got him banned:

Alaska Airlines sent NewsFix a statement saying:

“We want to assure you that ethnicity did not play a part in this situation. The passenger was deemed unfit to fly at that time but was rebooked for a flight today to his destination. There is more to the story, but per our company policy we do not share details about our passengers.”

French says he did get a call from the airlines' customer support with an offer to let him re-book his return flight at the same price. But French feels that doesn't make up for the humiliation of being targeted because he didn't shave.