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Jim Jones had a less than positive experience while flying JetBlue airlines recently.
While flying to Austin, Texas for a performance with The Diplomats, Jones was nearly kicked off of the flight after the staff accused him of being noncompliant — an incident which he called racial profiling. In video footage of the incident — which was captured via Instagram Live on July 8, XXL reports — Jones can be seen having an intense discussion with the pilot and other staff members, after seemingly being pulled away from his seat.
“This is not right,” Jones says repeatedly near the beginning of the video.
He then asks to speak to a supervisor, at which point he’s approached by the pilot. After Jones asks the pilot how he’s doing and the pilot responds that he’s “not doing too good,” Jones replies, “I’m not doing good also because I’ve been profiled, and it’s not a good thing to get profiled.”
“Yes, we are being profiled. What did I do wrong captain?” Jones asks.
When the captain begins to say that Jones did not comply, Jones says, “I did comply, I totally complied, and you can ask every customer that’s sitting next to me. I’m on the way to a show. I take JetBlue every other day literally. I never have a problem on JetBlue. This is the only flight that I take.”
Jones then explains that he complied when the stewardess asked him to “take out the pamphlet.”
“I didn’t raise my voice, I wasn’t combative to her, I didn’t even say two words to her at all,” Jones continues.
Near the end of the video, the pilot and Jones agree that he will remain on the flight and sit in a different seat. What remains unclear, however, is why Jones was nearly removed from the flight in the first place.
This isn’t the first time Jones has been in the news recently. The 41-year-old rapper was arrested last month on gun and drug charges in Georgia, after the driver of a car he was a passenger in attempted to flee a routine traffic stop.
[Photo: Jim Jones at the Apollo Theater on August 5, 2016 in New York City. By Shahar Azran/WireImage, via Getty Images]