Brandon T. Jackson wasn't flying the friendly skies on Monday. The actor, best known for his roles in Tropic Thunder and the Percy Jackson movies, claims he was the victim of a flight attendant's racial diatribe and was left stranded in the Phoenix, Arizona airport after getting booted from the plane.
Jackson was flying US Airways when a flight attendant named Dee asked him to sit down. The request sparked an argument and the actor claims the attendant told him, "I don't care if you're Obama's son — get in your seat." He claims she also called him the N-word during the heated exchange.
To add insult to injury, the actor claims he was escorted off the flight and questioned by police. He was left stranded in Phoenix when US Airways refused to let him board another flight. "I was released from question and stranded...they will not let me fly anymore," he tweeted. "I don't want to...I'm taking this to CNN."
Jackson implored bloggers and journalists to write about his experience, asking them to "please help" get the word out about the incident.
US Airways has denied the claims and says he was booted from the flight due to "disruptive behavior." A rep for the airline said, "The disruptive behavior started with loud music being played by Mr. Jackson at his seat. He was asked several times to turn down the music. Additional erratic behavior was observed and that is when the crew made the decision to stop serving [alcohol to Brandon]."
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