A family of three from Detroit was attempting to return home from their vacation in Miami last week when they were allegedly booted from their flight.
Yossi Adler was already aboard the American Airlines flight with his wife and 19-month-old daughter when they were asked to return to the gate, according to WPLG.
As soon as the family got off the plane, they were informed that they wouldn’t be allowed to get back on, Adler said:
“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.'”
The 37-year-old father denied that they had body odor and told the Washington Post that they were “humiliated” and “frustrated.”
In a cellphone video taken by the family, Adler told an airline employee:
“We don’t have odor, OK? Nobody here has odor.”
American Airlines provided the family of three with a hotel and rebooked their flight for the next day.
The family was allegedly told that their luggage would be taken off the plane, but it was flown to Detroit without them.
They were only left with the clothes that they had for the night and didn’t have access to items needed for their toddler. Adler said:
“They have our car seat, stroller, everything.”
The dad said they asked other people in the airport if they smelled and were told that they didn’t.
However, the airlines said in a statement that passengers aboard the family’s flight had complaints. An American Airlines spokesperson told WPLG:
“Mr. Adler and his wife were removed from the flight when several passengers complained about their body odor.”
Crew members and airport staff were also concerned by the family’s alleged body odor, according to American Airlines.
But the father told the Washington Post that he believes anti-semitism is the real reason they were removed from the plane because they are Jewish. He said:
“Obviously, there was a reason. But I think it was an anti-Semitic reason. Even if it wasn’t, they were anti-Semitic afterward.”
American Airlines said that staff wasn’t aware that the family was Jewish. Adler and his family flew home to Detroit the following day and were reunited with their luggage.