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Benzino

Airline Apologized for Racially Profiling Me

I Got Vouchers to Prove It!

5/28/2014 9:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Love & Hip Hop" star Benzino claims AirTran Airways has already accepted blame for racially profiling him on board a flight this week -- and as a gesture of its remorse, AirTran gave him 2 vouchers for $200.

TMZ posted video of Benzino's f-bomb-laced outburst shortly after he claims a flight attendant racially profiled him on his flight Tuesday from Vegas to ATL ... and the story behind the outburst is crazy.

Benzino tells us, he and his new wife were the last people to board ... and as soon as they took their First Class seats, a flight attendant demanded to see their tickets.

Benzino found this insulting, telling us the flight attendant only asked to see his tickets because he's a man of color sitting in First Class -- and that's why he erupted.

Benzino tells us, "They basically were talking to me very disrespectful and came at me inappropriate. That’s why I was upset about the situation. I am not the one to scream the race card unless I truly believe I am being treated not equal."

According to Benzino, an airline rep later apologized to him, telling him the airline was in the wrong, and then gave him and his wife two vouchers for $200. Calls to Southwest -- which merged with AirTran a few years ago -- weren't returned.

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16.

Blockboy720    

Why when any black person brings up race its automatically wrong...or there lying or there making it up..its racist white ppl an eminem is not the best rapper whitey Nas is...hehe

55 days ago
17.

Mike94    

Maybe I should try that and get some free money. Always down on the black man.

55 days ago
18.

Lionnnnnesssss    

Anyone in 1st class will be asked for a ticket you numb nuts.. It was probably your grammar that made them profile you!

55 days ago
19.

Don DeLuxxe    

Who cares? Voucher, my ass. Just shut the hell up and get off the plane. You lowlife.

55 days ago
20.

Politico Pablo    

Understand why he may have been offended.
But the fact he was last to board raised a concern.

People flying coach wait till everyone's boarded --then check for an unfilled 1st class seat. Free upgrades are NICE.

55 days ago
21.

gawdamits    

Good to know if I am ever asked to see my tickets I get $400

55 days ago
22.

Pdd3517    

They gave him vouchers to shut him up. Airlines give them out all of the time, ask anyone that travels frequently - its no big deal. They only gave him $200 which is not worth anything.

55 days ago
23.

Joe    

I call Booo Sheet. let's wait and hear from the Airline. The fact this moron has a voucher doesn't mean they agree to any wrong doing. Hey Benzino, I'm a 50 year old white guy and i have been asked a couple times to show my first class ticket. What would you call that? People always jump to race and it's very seldom the case. For you tirade you should be banned from flying with them ever again.

55 days ago
24.

tellit2    

He stated that they spoke to him in a manner that's disrespectful . However flight attendants have a right to check your tickets, especially if you're late and the last one on the plane. Why is riding commercial? Don't he have his own jet?

55 days ago
25.

damienevil    

oh please..airlines give out vouchers like candy..ive got a drawer full from united and usair

55 days ago
26.

Jillwade123    

When I fly 1st class I have never been asked for boarding pass after I boarded the plane. So I can understand why he thought he may have been profiled, but I do believed he made a big scene for no reason .

55 days ago
27.

bkblueknight    

still butthurt from what emimem did to his career.

55 days ago
28.

O    

Eminem MURDERED YOU!!!! The flight attendant asked for a ticket because she couldn't believe her eyes seeing a ghost in 1st class

55 days ago
29.

@iAMTIMWILSON    

We don't care, no really.. We don't care!

55 days ago
30.

Thomas K.    

They don't hate me because I act like a chump, they hate me for my skin color.

I'm a "chump of color."

55 days ago
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