Khan was removed from a flight earlier this month after he and his friend allegedly broke the airline’s rules repeatedly while travelling to Colorado Springs for training camp
Amir Khan has doubled down on his claim he was treated badly by airline staff when he was thrown off a flight earlier this month.
Former world champion Khan was on the way to Colorado Springs from New York to begin a training camp, presumably for a match-up with Kell Brook.
But the pair were removed, with Khan saying that he and his friend were “picked on” by the airline’s staff.
“I got on the plane and I was sat in seat number 1A, 1B was my friend who was coming to training camp with me,” he told Sky News.
“I was on a phone call, and the air stewardess said to me to put my phone call down, which I did, I didn’t argue and I had my mask on, everything was fine.
“So my friend was having a drink of water, pulled his mask down a little bit to have a sip of water, and she comes over and says ‘please put your mask up’, it must have been below his nose.
“So he fixed that, the plane’s moving now, and I’m leaning on the window trying to fall asleep, I was on the way to Colorado for training camp.”
Khan says that as he was attempting to get to sleep for the flight, he was surprised when the plane stopped and police officers entered.
He and his friend were asked to leave the plane after the officers had arrived, with Khan saying other passengers were shocked by the severity of the situation.
“And then the plane stops and I pull up my window to see what happened and before you know it the doors open up and three officers walk in.
“The air stewardess asked if me and my friend could leave – I’d done nothing wrong, my mask was always up.
“I feel that I got treated so badly, it was quite embarrassing standing up in front of a full plane.
“I think even they [other passengers] were shocked and thinking ‘why are the police on the airplane and why are they taking those two young boys who are sitting at the front?'”
A statement given to the Mirror by American Airlines said that he and his friend consistently “refused to comply” with measures necessary for the trip.
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“Prior to takeoff, American Airlines Flight 700, with service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), returned to the gate to deplane two customers who reportedly refused to comply with repeated crew member requests to stow luggage, place cell phones in airplane mode and adhere to federal face covering requirements,” a spokesman told The Mirror.
“ Our Customer Relations team is reaching out to Mr. Khan to learn more about his experience and reinforce the importance of policies implemented for the safety of our customers and crew.”
But Khan disputes this, saying that he never argued with them and did comply at every chance.
“They said that we were not paying attention to instructions they were giving us,” Khan added. “They said in a press release that my bag was out, that I wasn’t listening, that I was arguing with them.
“I never did, and my bag was up in the storage area. I just feel that I was treated really badly, it was a week after [the anniversary of] 9/11, things were a little bit tense.
“But to be picked on, two asian boys sat at the front being pulled out in front of a full plane, it was quite embarrassing really.”
Khan has since made it to training camp, where he is working with world champion Jamel Herring.