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NAACP Lifts Travel Advisory Against American Airlines

NAACP President Derrick Johnson announced Tuesday that the organization is lifting its American Airlines travel warning, after being satisfied with the airline’s progress addressing bias issues.

The travel notice — the second of its kind coming from the nation’s oldest civil rights group, and the first aimed at the airline — was issued in October advising Black passengers to beware of traveling on the planes following several high-profile incidents involving Black travelers.

“We have worked with American Airlines for nearly a year, and they have taken substantive action to begin to address implicit bias,” Johnson said at the organization’s 109th annual convention in San Antonio. “They have embraced the situation and we are encouraged by their commitment to improve upon their internal processes and increase inclusion across their airline.”

Johnson said the NAACP will continue monitoring the airline’s progress and share feedback with them.

Meanwhile, former President Bill Clinton will deliver remarks Wednesday at the convention, where he’ll introduce Willie Brown Jr., this year’s Spingarn medalist.

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