Family file lawsuit after being kicked off plane for 'extremely offensive body odour'

The family have filed a lawsuit against American Airlines.
The family have filed a lawsuit against American Airlines. Photo credit: Screen grab via WXYZ

Flight staff allegedly kicked a US-based Jewish family off a plane for having "offensive body odour".

The Adler family have filed a lawsuit against American Airlines and are claiming "religious discrimination", after they were removed from the flight from Miami bound for Detroit, the Miami Herald reports.

"Once outside, [the] defendant's [American Airlines] agent told Mr Adler that the pilot was booting the family off the plane," the lawsuit says, as reported by NBC News.

The family's lawyer Nwadi Nwogu says the American Airlines agent also made offensive comments.

"It was apparent that the Adlers had been racially profiled," Nwogu says in the lawsuit, as reported by NBC.

A statement from American Airlines said a number of staff and passengers had complained about the body odour.

"The decision was made out of concern for the comfort of our other passengers," the airline said in a statement to NBC. 

"Our team members took care of the family and provided hotel accommodations and meals, and rebooked them on a flight to Detroit the next morning."

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