- A social media user has accused TAP Portugal Airlines and Kotoka International Airport officials of racism.
- Airline and airport officials allegedly physically removed three women from the waiting area who refused to have their flights rescheduled.
- Three women had booked their flight three months ahead of time and refused the airline's request to have their flight rescheduled.
A social media by the name of Kwame Gyan has accused TAP Portugal Airlines and Kotoka International Airport officials of physically abusing three Ghanaian women due to the controversial practice of overbooking in the airline industry.
It appears that the controversial practice of overbooking flights in the airline industry still continues even after last April's much reported scandal where United Airlines violently dragged a passenger off a plane in Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
According to a post shared on Facebook by one Kwame Gyan, TAP Portugal Airlines and Kotoka International Airport officials are yet to learn their lessons with regard to forcibly removing passengers from their rightfully booked seats on flights.
Kwame Gyan related that two of his Ghanaian friends booked a TAP Portugal Airlines flight to Sao Tome three months ahead of time. On Saturday, December 23rd, they arrived at Kotoka International Airport, went through all pre-flight formalities and were seated in the waiting area ready to board their flight with boarding passes in hand.
At this point, Kwame writes that officials of TAP Portugal Airlines approached them and asked them to relinquish their seats and take another flight a day later - which would be on Sunday December 24th - as opposed to the flight they had booked three months ahead of time.
According to Kwame Gyan, the airline officials needed three vacant seats for three Caucasians who allegedly also wanted to board the flight. Needless to say, the three ladies declined the airline's request and opted to go ahead with their scheduled trip.
In his post, Kwame Gyan says airline officials never announced the overbooking issue so passengers willing to reschedule their flights could choose to do so, but rather directly picked the three ladies allegedly because they're black women.
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The ladies not only refused to take the offer, but also refused to leave the waiting area when asked to do so. At this point TAP Portugal Airline officials called in airport security personnel, who forcibly removed the three ladies from the airport waiting area, allegedly manhandling and causing them physical harm.
Kwame writes that the three ladies have reported the incident to the Airport Police, gotten medical reports done and have vowed to take legal action against TAP Portugal Airlines, Airport Security, and all involved in this incident.
Checkout a brief video of the incident below:
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