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05-21-2017 - Airport CEO Issues Statement Regarding Passenger Altercation

The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority is conducting a further investigation into a racially motivated altercation between two passengers at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport on the evening of Thursday, May 18. One of the passengers involved posted a video of the incident on social media.

Upon being notified of the situation, Airport Police responded to the gate area on Concourse C within two minutes of being dispatched and spoke to both passengers involved as well as witnesses. The passenger who was the target of the discriminatory comments made a video of the incident, but when police arrived, he declined to press charges. The passenger who filmed the incident continued on his flight and the other passenger and his family did not fly that day.

“The security, safety and customer experience of all of our guests will always be our highest priority,” Marily Mora, President and CEO of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority said. “The airport will be attempting to reach out to the passenger who made the video of the altercation to express our sincere apologies and support in the wake of the incident. We are also conducting a thorough investigation into the events of that evening." 

“The Airport Authority is deeply saddened to see this type of situation occur at our airport. Every passenger, regardless of race, religion, the language they speak, nation of origin, sexual orientation, age or political belief is welcome at Reno-Tahoe International Airport,” said Mora.

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