Amata Expresses Concern to Airline on Discrimination Charge

August 3, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata sent a letter Monday to Chairman and CEO of American Airlines Doug Parker expressing her strong concerns about a reported incident of alleged discriminatory treatment, and further requesting that Congress promptly receive the report of the result upon completion of the Airline’s investigation.

Congresswoman Amata’s letter states:

“I enclose an article regarding one of your recent customers, also one of my constituents from American Samoa, Sabrina Suluai-Mahuka, the American Samoa Teacher of the Year, in regard to events on her recent travel on American Airlines and the alleged discriminatory treatment by American Airlines staff. The basic facts as reported are disturbing to say the least, but the swift eyewitness recognition of such obtuse treatment by her fellow teachers is most commendable.

I would appreciate a status update and copy of any investigative report be provided to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure immediately. As Congress is currently laser-focused on a renewed transportation authorization and funding bill, rapid production of any reports that could aid in securing any potential legislative corrections would be most helpful to the Committee Chairman and Ranking Member copied herein.

As Chairman of Airlines for America (A4A) the primary airline industry trade association, a heavily government-subsidized industry, Airlines for America and a Member of the Board of the International Air Transport Association and OneWorld, your handling of this matter will demonstrate where leadership on civil rights issues stands in your industry.

Thank you for your timely attention to this most urgent matter.”

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