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British boxing champion Amir Khan has blasted American Airlines, claiming he was removed from a flight 'for no reason'.
In a video posted to Twitter this week, the 34-year-old said he was trying to fly to a training camp in Colorado from New York.
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However Khan said he and a colleague were removed from the plane when someone complained his colleague’s mask “was not high enough”.
“I was taken off the plane today when I was going to training camp in Colorado Springs by police," he said.
“A complaint was made by American Airlines staff, they said my colleague’s mask was not high enough and not up, that they had to stop the plane and take me and my friend off when I did nothing wrong.
“They kicked us both off. I was sat at 1A and he was sat in 1B. I find it disgusting and disrespectful.
“I was supposed to go to Colorado Springs for a training camp and now I’m back in New York for another day and I have to reschedule another plane to travel back to training camp.
“It’s really upsetting; there was no reason and I’m so disgusted that American Airlines would do this and ban me from travelling.
“There must be cameras that they can see to see if I or my colleague were bad in any way or caused a scene in any way.
“I’ve never seen this happen before and I’m heartbroken.”
American Airlines responds to Amir Khan complaint
An American Airlines spokesman has since responded, saying neither Khan nor his colleague are 'banned' from future flights.
“Prior to take-off, American Airlines Flight 700, with service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), returned to the gate to de-plane two customers who reportedly refused to comply with repeated crew member requests to stow luggage, place cell phones in airplane mode and adhere to federal face covering requirements," the airline said.
“Our Customer Relations team is reaching out to Mr Khan to learn more about his experience and reinforce the importance of policies implemented for the safety of our customers and crew.”
The spokesperson also said police were not involved in the matter.
Khan hasn't fought for over two years after his last bout against Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia.
He is expected to fight British rival Kell Brook in what many believe will be his swansong before retirement.
Brook has fought twice in the past three years and lost his last bout against undefeated champion Terence Crawford.
Khan is a former world champion, having held the WBA title from 2009 to 2012, and the IBF title in 2011.
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