After four racially-charged incidents occurred aboard flights on American Airlines, the NAACP was compelled to release a travel advisory for African-American fliers. The airline is now making employees attend mandatory anti-racism trainings, KTLA reports.
In 2018, American Airlines employees will begin attending implicit bias trainings that will be offered in person and online. An independent firm will also being helping to review the company’s hiring practices.
“We are proud of the diversity and inclusion initiatives already in place at American, but we know we can do even better. So we viewed the feedback as an opportunity,” CEO Doug Parker said in a letter to staff. “American Airlines can set a new standard in corporate diversity and inclusion, and we are humbled by the opportunity before us to do so.”
American Airline executives have begun meeting with the NAACP to “ensure that the company walks the walk as well as it talks the talk,” NAACP President Derrick Johnson told KTLA.
The NAACP has not lifted the travel advisory yet.