Janet Jackson's bass player accuses Qantas of racism after Will.i.am Row

Janet Jackson's bassist accuses Qantas of racism and claims that the airline did not allow him to take his guitar on board, despite the fact that & # 39; white passengers & # 39; they did.

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Eric Smith said that he was attempting to board his instrument on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney on Saturday morning when he was told to check the item instead.

He was also asked to sign a waiver stating that the airline would not be liable for any damage.

The musician, who traveled to Australia to perform on RNB Fridays Live with Jackson and rapper will.i.am, claimed white passengers with instruments to board the plane without any problem.

Smith spoke about the incident on Monday in an interview with the KIIS 101.1 & Jase & PJ of Melbourne, in the aftermath of the will.i.am queue with the airline.

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Janet Jackson & # 39; s bass player Eric Smith (left) said he tried to board his instrument on a Saturday morning flight from Brisbane to Sydney when he was stopped by staff

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Janet Jackson & # 39; s bass player Eric Smith (left) said he tried to board his instrument on a Saturday morning flight from Brisbane to Sydney when he was stopped by staff

Smith then addressed the incident on Twitter and urged black musicians to boycott the airline

Smith then addressed the incident on Twitter and urged black musicians to boycott the airline

Smith then addressed the incident on Twitter and urged black musicians to boycott the airline

He shared photos with another guitar that was stored in the bugged compartment

He shared photos with another guitar that was stored in the bugged compartment

He said he lost his seat by the window

He said he lost his seat by the window

He shared photos with another guitar stored in the bugged compartment (left)

Smith, who said the group with Qantas & # 39; every flight & # 39; has flown, said he remained calm despite his frustration and tried to reason with the employee

Smith, who said the group with Qantas & # 39; every flight & # 39; has flown, said he remained calm despite his frustration and tried to reason with the employee

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Smith, who said the group with Qantas & # 39; every flight & # 39; has flown, said he remained calm despite his frustration and tried to reason with the employee

& # 39; I am sitting by the fence and the man comes to me with a piece of paper and says: & # 39; I want you to draw this and I want you to give me your guitar & # 39;, & # 39; said Smith.

& # 39; I had something like & # 39; for what reason? & # 39; and he said, "Well, it's a waiver for damage because we have to put your guitar under the plane and we are not responsible for damage."

At that time, Smith claimed that other passengers, who were white, boarded the aircraft with their instruments without any problems.

When he asked why he was not allowed to take his guitar with him, the clerk actually said that it was not my concern & # 39 ;.

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& # 39; He said it was at the stewardess's discretion and the stewardess said I could not put on my instrument. & # 39;

Smith, who said the group with & # 39; every flight & # 39; flown with Qantas, said he remained calm despite his frustration and tried to reason with the employee.

& # 39; I wasn't trying to be that guy. I did not like: "Let me speak to your supervisor, what's your name?" I've never been there with that guy. I kind of said, "Sir, I'm just trying to work."

In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, Qantas said the crew's response to Smith was the standard procedure.

& # 39; If musicians bring too large instruments on board such as guitars, our crew is obliged to ensure that this is arranged in advance. So there is nothing special about our crew that checks whether this has happened. We have not received a formal complaint from Mr. Smith about this flight & # 39 ;, said a spokesperson.

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Smith then addressed the incident on Twitter and urged black musicians to boycott the airline.

will.i.am (photo left at Sydney Airport on Sunday) went to Twitter on Saturday and said he was a victim of racially motivated abuse after the employee called AFP officers on board after asking him to put away his laptop

will.i.am (photo left at Sydney Airport on Sunday) went to Twitter on Saturday and said he was a victim of racially motivated abuse after the employee called AFP officers on board after asking him to put away his laptop

will.i.am (photo left at Sydney Airport on Sunday) went to Twitter on Saturday and said he was a victim of racially motivated abuse after the employee called AFP officers on board after asking him to put away his laptop

The artist defended his decision to name the employee and said that the same would happen if he was accused of doing something wrong

The artist defended his decision to name the employee and said that the same would happen if he was accused of doing something wrong

The artist defended his decision to name the employee and said that the same would happen if he was accused of doing something wrong

He later asked his followers for no & # 39; hate & # 39; steer and say that & # 39; lack of compassion & # 39; the root of the problem.
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He later asked his followers for no & # 39; hate & # 39; steer and say that & # 39; lack of compassion & # 39; the root of the problem.

He later asked his followers for no & # 39; hate & # 39; steer and say that & # 39; lack of compassion & # 39; the root of the problem.

& # 39; I am really upset by the way I was treated by a gate agent. Black musicians do NOT fly on @Qantas @QantasUSA. He tried to get me to check my guitar and sign a waiver while letting WHITE musicians pass us and board it. Also lost my window seat! I'm done !!! & # 39; he tweeted.

Smith shared photos of the cabin with another guitar stored in the bugged compartments.

Smith's claims follow will.i.am & # 39; s claims that a & # 39; racist & # 39; flight attendant & # 39; the police sent after him & # 39; because he was wearing noise-canceling headphones during a PA announcement during the flight to Sydney.

The woman received an attack of abuse on social media after the rapper had released her full name to his 13 million Twitter followers.

He later asked his followers for no & # 39; hate & # 39; steer and say that & # 39; lack of compassion & # 39; the root of the problem.

Asked in the interview if it was reasonable for him to publicly identify the employee, Smith replied: & # 39; absolutely & # 39 ;.

On Monday, the Flight Attendants Association of Australia defended the employee by saying that the woman was following the safety protocols and not & # 39; ashamed & # 39; had to be because she had done her job.

& # 39; As employees, crew members must follow the instructions of their employer. It appears that crews are being maligned and attacked on social media, & # 39; FAAA Secretary Teri told O & # 39; Toole The Australian.

Ms O & # 39; Toole's comments come after the flight attendant was accused for the second time of discrimination by Jess and Lisa Origliasso of The Veronicas, who started a flight from Sydney to Brisbane in September
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Ms O & # 39; Toole's comments come after the flight attendant was accused for the second time of discrimination by Jess and Lisa Origliasso of The Veronicas, who started a flight from Sydney to Brisbane in September

Ms O & # 39; Toole's comments come after the flight attendant was accused for the second time of discrimination by Jess and Lisa Origliasso of The Veronicas, who started a flight from Sydney to Brisbane in September

The couple had shared this statement on Twitter before they deleted their account

The couple had shared this statement on Twitter before they deleted their account

The couple had shared this statement on Twitter before they deleted their account

In September, Jess and Lisa Origliasso were removed from a flight from Sydney to Brisbane after a disagreement with staff about baggage and claimed that the same flight attendant was involved

In September, Jess and Lisa Origliasso were removed from a flight from Sydney to Brisbane after a disagreement with staff about baggage and claimed that the same flight attendant was involved

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In September, Jess and Lisa Origliasso were removed from a flight from Sydney to Brisbane after a disagreement with staff about baggage and claimed that the same flight attendant was involved

& # 39; It seems a fairly simple request and it is there to protect passengers.

& # 39; No one should be named and embarrassed for doing his job and it seems that the well-being of the crew involved is not being considered by the celebrities involved. & # 39;

A personnel memorandum obtained by The Daily Telegraph, Qantas revealed now that the rapper is asking to withdraw his comments.

& # 39; The tweets claimed poor crew treatment and racial discrimination. We responded that there appeared to be a misunderstanding on board that was exacerbated by the fact that will.i.am wore headphones with noise reduction. is in the memo.

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& # 39; We have rejected claims of racism and have since asked will.i.am to withdraw that claim. We fully support our crew and the great work they do to ensure the safety of everyone on board. & # 39;

The comments from Mrs. O & # 39; Toole and Qantas come after the flight attendant was dragged into battle for the second time when The Veronicas issued a statement in support of the rapper on Sunday.

& # 39; Unfortunately, this female flight attendant was 1 of the 2 people present who were involved in our Qantas incident.

& # 39; We feel sick that she has not retaliated and instead abused her position, abused the full power and intimidation of the Australian Federal Police on her agenda. In this case, will.i.am & other POC are threatening on this flight.

Both Janet Jackson and will.i.am traveled to Australia this weekend to perform at the RNB Fridays Live festival

Both Janet Jackson and will.i.am traveled to Australia this weekend to perform at the RNB Fridays Live festival

Both Janet Jackson and will.i.am traveled to Australia this weekend to perform at the RNB Fridays Live festival

& # 39; Both our incident and the recent have not been taken over by the AFP, stating that it is a QANTAS issue and not a police matter. & # 39;

Jess and Lisa Origliasso were themselves removed from a flight from Sydney to Brisbane in September after a disagreement with staff about baggage.

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The sisters claimed that they asked a flight attendant for help maneuvering a bag in the overhead luggage compartment, but were refused because it was against corporate policy.

A fellow passenger helped instead, but after they sat down, they claimed that two flight attendants came and read them to them and then ordered them from the plane.

Qantas said the same crew members & # 39; completely false & # 39; goods.

The airline also rejected allegations that the situation was all about race & # 39 ;.

The Veronicas Twitter account has since been deleted.

will.i.am claimed that his treatment on board resembled a & # 39; police state & # 39; after Australian federal police officers were summoned to meet him on the plane.

Where is the love? Some quickly claimed that the woman did her work alone and it was not good to call her and be ashamed of his millions of followers

Where is the love? Some quickly claimed that the woman did her work alone and it was not good to call her and be ashamed of his millions of followers

Where is the love? Some quickly claimed that the woman did her work alone and it was not good to call her and be ashamed of his millions of followers

At the time, he said he was wearing noise-canceling headphones while mixing music on his computer as the plane landed.

The artist was shocked that the police were being called, because at that time he did not believe that the fight made much difference.

& # 39; I've never seen this before, it was like a police state, & # 39; he said to the Sunday Telegraph.

& # 39; I am the coolest traveler, I don't ask much. I'm trying to stay out of the way. I get on the plane to go to sleep or go to work. & # 39;

& # 39; She asked me to put my laptop away and I put it away and I told her to relax because she was stressed the entire flight. & # 39;

Five Australian federal police officers boarded after arriving in Sydney and discussed the incident with will.i.am and his retinue.

They decided not to take any action and later called the rapper to tell him personally.

The artist said he shared the story with his 13 million Twitter followers and named the stewardess because others may have been abused in the past.

He said other passengers did not have the profile that he had, so it was his responsibility to uncover the problem.

However, Will.i.am insisted that he & # 39; not hurt & # 39; wanted to let the stewardess and & # 39; hopefully this is a lesson & # 39 ;.

& # 39; She shouldn't lose her job over it – if she should learn something about how to deal with people. This is an opportunity to be pleasant to everyone, just to be nice, & he said.

He maintained the incident was racially motivated because the flight attendant reportedly only selected people of color on the run.

& # 39; I don't want to believe she's racist. But she has clearly focused all her frustrations only on the people of color, & he said.

Qantas described the entire incident as a misunderstanding, but rejected all claims of racism.

& # 39; There was a misunderstanding on board that seems to have been exacerbated by will.i. I have not heard any noise canceling headphones and crew instructions, & # 39; it said.

& # 39; We completely reject the suggestion that this had something to do with racing. & # 39;

Qantas only said & we are investigating what happened & # 39; as to whether the flight attendant would receive punishment.

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