On a March 22nd British Airways London – Barcelona flight a man was accused by another passenger of stealing an iPhone.
The man was searched on the flight. He showed what was in his pockets. He didn’t have the iPhone.
What a surreal experience! I was wrongly accused of theft on a @British_Airways flight from London to Barcelona. My friends and I were searched by armed police and there was no apology. I was the only black person on the flight #racists
— Jonathan Vardon (@jvardon) March 22, 2018
Nonetheless the aircraft was met by 7 officers armed with machine guns on arrival in Barcelona. That search didn’t just involve his pockets, he was forced “to turn out” his underwear. His two travel companions were searched as well. Nothing was found. But no one has apologized.
Two salient facts about the man.
- He was the only black man on the plane.
- He doesn’t need another passenger’s iPhone, as it happens he works for Apple.
According to British Airways, “The allegation of theft was made by one of our customers and at their request we reported it to the police.”