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Mexican Man Alleges United Airlines Accused Him of Human Trafficking His Own Daughter



A Mexican man is calling United Airlines and a passenger racist after they falsely accused him of human trafficking his own daughter.

Osvaldo Maciel, a Mexican citizen, was flying to New York on a United Airlines flight with his daughter on March 1.

At one point, a drunk man on the flight approached him and accused him of human trafficking because his 3-year-old daughter did “not look alike.”

Maciel’s wife, Maura Furfey, criticized the man, saying, “There will always be individuals who make racist remarks.”

However, when Maciel’s flight landed, he was immediately approached by Port Authority and Customs and Border Patrol agents.

“When the plane taxied to the gate, however, a number of officers from the Port Authority and Customs and Border Patrol boarded the plane, approached my husband and instructed him to grab his carry-ons and follow them,” Furfey wrote. “He and our daughter were escorted out of the plane before anyone else could get off.”

Officers later told Maciel that he was being investigated because of the drunk man’s accusation.

Furfey said she was shocked that the flight attendants took such a unsubstantiated claim seriously.

“My husband is Mexican. Therefore, he is a target, and in effect, so is our family,” she wrote.

How did United Airlines respond? They issued a weak apology and gave the family a $100 voucher.

“This is useless to us because we won’t ever fly with this particular airline again,” she wrote. “Furthermore, it is more important to us that United and other airlines review their procedures.”

After the story went viral on social media, one user responded with their own similar experience:

'I know exactly what she went through... My dad's Mexican my mom is German.. Trust me, it doesn't get any easier as you get older. My mom would get an affidavit every time I went to Mexico; with the dates I would leave and come back. We were the cause of a 2 hour delay because they were trying to keep me. My dad had to show them my birth certificate, the affidavit and our itinerary. Along with my ID...'

Other’s said this wouldn’t have happened if Maciel was white:

'(...) I would have probably ended up in jail if I were him because I wouldn't have taken this BS. Of course, I have white privilege, so I probably wouldn't have been arrested (...)'


United Airlines later issued a public apology, but by then it was too late and their attempt was an obvious form of damage control.

“It should be clarified that the passenger was not removed from the flight,” the airline added.

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