Azealia Banks claims she was treated like an animal during flight to Ireland, blames it on racism

Ra'eesah Manack
Jan 28, 2019
03:30 P.M.
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A furious Azealia Banks took to social media to claim she was treated like an animal during a flight to Ireland due to her race.


Azealia Banks took to social media on Monday in fury. The rapper claimed she was forced to leave an Aer Lingus flight she was supposed to take from London to Dublin for a show.

The Harlem rapper posted her side of the ordeal in a now-deleted Instagram Story video. According to her, the incident began after she put her luggage in the overhead bin.


A flight attendant then asked Banks some questions that she was unable to answer without her passport. Apparently, as she was searching for it, the attendant sat down a few seats from her and began staring at her.

In response, Banks said she insulted the woman. However, she insists that she never made any threats to the lady at all.


“Girl, don’t stare at me. I didn’t fill out, like, your Aer Lingus work application,” is what Banks claimed she told her.

However, Banks claimed the woman told the pilot that the rapper had screamed: “Don’t stare at me, I’ll sort you out.” She adamantly denies uttering those words.


“I’m like, ‘What are you [expletive] talking about?'” Banks stated. “I’m from New York City, I don’t even say s— like that.’”

The 27-year-old went on to say she felt like an animal. She claims the other attendants surrounded her and began lecturing her.


The rapper then left the flight on her own volition. She has also been banned from the airline. However, she claims she feels the entire situation was caused by racism and insists she was unfairly singled out.

“Getting singled out by the haggard old white ladies every [expletive] time,” Banks said about the incident. “They’re like ‘Oh, who is this Black girl in business class?’ … They always trying to play you like it’s not racism.”

It's not the first time Banks has had trouble with an airline. In 2015 Banks got into an altercation with a man on a Delta flight from New York to Los Angeles. She said a fellow passenger punched her in the face, but the man said he put his hand up to stop her from passing him after the plane landed.

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