MIAMI A family vacationing in Miami told Local 10 News they were booted from their flight after passengers complained about their body odor.
“There’s no body odor that we have,” Yossi Adler said Thursday morning at Miami International Airport. “There’s nothing wrong with us.”
Adler, his wife, and their 19-month-old daughter were preparing to fly back home to Detroit on Wednesday night when they were escorted off their American Airlines flight.
“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,'” Adler recalled.
The Adlers said they were told their luggage would be taken off the plane, but that didn’t happen, leaving them with only the clothes on their backs.
“They have our car seat, stroller, everything,” Jennie Adler said.
American Airlines sent a statement to Local 10 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.”
The Adlers returned to Miami International Airport early Thursday in hopes they would be able to fly home.
“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 Adlers later sent a text message acknowledging that they made it to Detroit and successfully reunited with their luggage when they get there.
GifterInGotham reached out to Mr. Adler a 36-year-old business consultant from Southfield, Michigan and accuses the airline of singling out his family because they’re Jewish. He used his cell phone to tape his argument with ground crew shortly after they were taken off the plane. Adler says they were the last people to board the flight and did not have any passengers seated next to them and questions why American Airlines threw them off. “Within a minute of boarding, we were off the plane. A flight attendant alked over to us and said there is an emergency and we need to get off immediately. We thought something happened to a family member. We walked off the plane and then the flight attendants closed the door and told us we smell and can’t fly with them”.
In an exclusive video obtained by GifterInGotham you can hear Adler saying, “There’s a religious reason for some reason that they’re kicking me off the plane. We don’t have odor OK? Nobody here has odor.”
Moments, later a ground crew member asked: “Now you told me for religious reasons you don’t shower, is that what you said?”
Adler back: “No I didn’t! I shower every day. I said you kicked me off because of religious reasons.”
American Airlines insisted that body odor, not religion, was behind Wednesday night’s actions.
According to the FAA and United States Law, regulations prohibit an airline from knowingly transporting luggage without a passenger anywhere in the United States or across international borders. Standard operating procedure is to match luggage with passengers during the boarding and loading processes. If a passenger is not on the plane, grounds crew must “offload” their luggage.PIlots must make an emergency landing if they take off with luggage not matched to passengers. American airlines broke federal law according to aviation officials. The video shows American Airlines employee saying he had no intention to take off luggage. Mr. Adler plans on filing a lawsuit against American Airlines for discrimination, stress, and embarrassment.