Family kicked off flight after passengers complain about their 'body odor'
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Whether it's walking around in bare feet or allowing your kids to kick the back of someone's chair, we all know there are certain things you shouldn't do on a plane.
But while there are undoubtedly certain things that should not be allowed at 13,000ft, it's extremely rare that someone would actually be chucked off a flight for something seemingly so trivial.
However, one family has spoken out about their 'unbearable humiliation' and 'embarrassment' after being kicked off a flight due to their body odor.
Yehuda Yosef Adler, Jennie Adler and their then-19-month-old daughter were sitting on a plane due to travel back to Detroit from Miami International Airport in 2019 when they were removed from the aircraft 'all of a sudden'.
According to Yehuda, a gate agent approached them and said: "Sir, there's an emergency and you must deplane."
Once they were back in the airport, staff informed them they had been taken off the flight due to people complaining about their alleged bad body odor.
Speaking to WPLG Local 10 News at the time, the businessman said: "There's no body odor that we have. There's nothing wrong with us."
The couple claimed they even stopped random people in the airport to confirm whether or not they smelled, and others confirmed they did not.
Instead, the couple, who are Orthodox Jewish, believe they were the victim of religious and racial discrimination and have since filed a lawsuit against American Airlines.
After requesting to get back on the flight and being refused, things went from bad to worse for the family, who were then informed that their luggage, including their child's car seat and stroller, were to be left on the plane.
At the time, American Airlines issued a statement which read: "Mr Adler and his wife were removed from the flight when several passengers complained about their body odor.
"They have been booked into a hotel for the night and given meal vouchers. They have been rebooked on a flight Thursday."
In a video clip recorded at the airport, the father can be heard saying: "There's a religious reason for some reason that they're kicking me off the plane. We don't have odor, okay? Nobody here has odor."
American Airlines refused these claims, however, insisting that "none of the decisions made by our team in handling this sensitive situation were based on the Adlers' religion."
The legal action taken by the Adler family doesn't appear to have progressed since 2020.