Qantas Urges Will.i.am to Retract Claim He Was Racially Targeted by Flight Attendant

November 18, 2019

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The Australian airline Qantas is urging the Atlanta artist will.i.am to take back his accusation that he was racially profiled by one of their flight attendants on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney this past weekend. "This is how you're greeted when you land from Brisbane to Sydney flying @qantas with a #RacistFlightattendant named Lorraine Marshall," the Black Eyed Peas frontman tweeted Friday along with a pic of a police agent. "She sent the police after me because I couldn’t hear the P.A while making beats on the plane wearing noise-canceling headphones." He added while tweeting at the airline, "Your #RacistFlightattendant was beyond rude and took it to the next level by calling the police on me. Thank god the other passengers testified that SHE was out of control. The police finally let me go. Imagine if the police were as aggressive as Lorraine Marshall." On Monday, Qantas told Reuters in a statement, “Absent a retraction, and if the crew member wanted to take the matter further, we’d certainly be willing to provide legal support for them to do this." Meanwhile, Will.i.am told an Australian newspaper in a phone interview, "I know how to behave on an airplane. I've never had this experience before." He added, "She shouldn't lose her job over it. If anything, she should just be retrained about how to deal with people." The Aussie pop duo The Veronicas (who are white) have since tweeted that Marshall likewise called cops once to boot them off a flight, but after facing backlash, their Twitter account has now been deleted.

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