American Airlines Defends Employees Wearing 'Black Lives Matter' Pin

By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

American Airlines finds itself defending a lapel pin that some employees are wearing.

The pin is a Black Lives Matter pin, and American Arilines officials say its employees can wear it.

In a statement to KRLD News, American says, "Fundamentally, we believe Black Lives Matter is an expression of equality, not a political statement. It doesn’t mean other lives don’t matter, rather that in our society Black lives should matter and be valued the same as others. We are showing our support for our Black colleagues and customers who have experienced discrimination and injustice, not any particular organization." 

Some reports say the carrier has received blowback from both customers and employees who object.

The airline says it allows employees to wear other pins as well, such as Christian, Veteran and LBGTQ pins. 

KRLD reached out to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants for comment, but our request for comment has not been returned.

Fort Worth-based American Airlines recently said it will be forced to make cuts of nearly 19,000 workers if federal payroll aid expires as scheduled on Oct. 1, according to a new report.

Federal Coronavirus help for the airline industry runs out on October 1st. One of the conditions for accepting that help was the carriers were not allowed to furlough workers before the aid expired.

In a letter to employees, Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker said that American and the unions "have not let up in our efforts to make the case" for an extension in the federal Payroll Support Program.