United Airlines is reportedly looking into a complaint by an actor who appeared on the Showtime sitcom “Barbershop,” who says he was kicked off a United flight because he’s black, TMZ.com reports.
Michael Colyar, who played Leonard on the show and is also known for his role as the concert promoter Showboat in the 1994 movie “House Party 3,” apparently got into a hassle over carry-on luggage as the flight was boarding at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
Colyar reportedly refused to let a flight attendant move his stowed luggage to make room for another passenger’s bag. According to the report, which notes that the other passenger was white: “Colyar claims the flight attendant gave him dirty looks when he denied her request — so he inquired about filing a complaint. That’s when Colyar says he was approached by security, who removed the actor from the flight.”
Colyar subsequently blogged about the incident, according to TMZ, saying: “The flight attendant and her friend got just what they wanted, the n**ger off the plane. I’m sure they feel a great triumph in putting an uppity n**ger in his place."
The airline told the publication: "As a global airline with a diverse workforce, United has zero tolerance for any type of discrimination and we take every such matter seriously. We spoke to Mr. Colyar Wednesday so that we can address his concerns, and committed to get back to him as we learn more from our coworkers and other customers onboard.”