A Michigan family was kicked off an American Airlines flight on Wednesday after fellow passengers complained of body odor. However, Yossi and Jennie Adler, who were escorted off the plane with their one-year-old daughter, are now claiming they were targeted for religious reasons.
“They said there were people on the plane complaining that you have B.O,” Adler said in an interview with WJBK. “‘The pilot says we can’t let you fly in this plane because the B.O.’s too bad.'”
After being removed from the flight, which was going from Miami to Detroit, Adler spoke with an airline official who reportedly told him to “calm down.” The dad of eight then accused the airline of discriminating against the family, who are Jewish, based on their religion.
“There’s a religious reason for some reason that they’re kicking me off the plane. We don’t have odor… it’s anti-Semitism,” Adler recounted to WJBK, as the 36-year-old adamantly explained that he and his wife shower every day.
Wife Jennie also stands by her husband’s accusation, explaining that they don’t believe that they had any body odor. “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,” she told WPLG.
While American Airlines insists that its decision to remove the family was due to the offensive odor, Adler is still suspicious, telling NBC News that “they still haven’t said which one of us they said had body odor. Was it me, my wife, my baby?”
The airline publicly addressed the issue in a statement to NBC News on Thursday. “The Adler family were asked to deplane last night after several passengers, along with our crew members, complained about their body odor,” it said. “The family were provided hotel accommodations and meals, and re-booked on a flight to Detroit today.”