Feb. 17–Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford said he was kicked off an American Airlines flight Thursday after a dispute over a carry-on bag, local affiliate CBS 11 reported on its website.
Crawford told the “Ben and Skin Show” on 105.3 The Fan that he was sitting in an exit row when he was asked by a flight attendant to check his bag because it was more than one inch too big.
Crawford said he didn’t want to check the bag because it was expensive, and he asked to speak to a manager. When the manager didn’t appear, Crawford decided to check his bag because he didn’t want to further delay passengers.
But then the defensive tackle said he called the employee a “bum” and refused to move out of the flight attendant’s way for “a minute.”
The crew then asked Crawford to come to the front of the plane, where he was removed.
Crawford also told “Ben and Skin” that people on the flight booed the employee. Crawford, who is from Canada, said he was returning to watch his cousin play in a sporting event, CBS 11 reported.
American Airlines replied to Crawford via Twitter and said it would look into the matter.
Crawford later responded, saying American got him on the next flight and that it was still his favorite airline.