American Airlines apologises to woman for banning her ‘HAIL SATAN’ shirt
American Airlines has apologised after staff forced a woman to cover her satanic shirt.
American Airlines has apologised to a passenger who was allegedly ordered to either cover her ‘HAIL SATAN’ t-shirt or get off the plane.
Swati Runi Goyal, 49, who is a member of the Satanic Temple, was travelling with her husband from Key West, Florida to Las Vegas the day before Halloween.
When sat in her seat, Goyal was approached by a flight attendant who asked her to either cover her offensive top or leave the plane.
The black shirt consists of the text “HAIL SATAN” and “Est. 666”.
“He said, ‘Our crew has found your shirt to be offensive,’” Goyal told Buzzfeed News.
“The man said “Your shirt is offensive. Do you know what that means?” I said, “I’m a foreign-born minority woman, I understand ‘offensive,’ and this shirt is not offensive”.”
Goyal initially declined to remove the garment, however, once an American Airlines customer service employee boarded the plane, she complied, covering her t-shirt with an extra layer her husband was wearing.
American Airlines has since apologised for the incident.
“We apologize to Ms. Goyal for her experience, and we are reaching out to her to understand what occurred,” the airline said in a statement.
American Airlines has since tweeted Swati to say: “Discrimination has no place at American Airlines.” The carrier also offered to refund both tickets and pledged to continue their investigation.
The Satanic Temple is recognised as a church in the United States.