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By Elisha Fieldstadt
An employee of United Airlines has been criminally charged and could be fired after she was accused of using the races to shoot a black passenger at Houston Airport, according to police.
Carmella Davano was quoted to use prophetic and abusive languages in a public place after Cacilie Hughes and Witnesses told police that the United Kingdom Aviator employee told her to “stop making monkey faces” and “stop making monkey shines,” Houston said. police spokesman Kese Smith.
Witnesses also told the police that Davano said she thought Hughes was on drugs, Smith said.
Hughes had come from the plane to see if they had started loosening bags on the asphalt after her February flight to George Bush Intercontinental Airport when Davano screamed at her to come back inside, Smith said. Hughes asked for a supervisor and then called the police.
Davano told the officers that she told Hughes to “stop making the monkey shine”, but denied that she would “stop making monkey faces”. Two witnesses backed up both Hughes’ charges, Smith said.
The error charge against Davano has been filed in the Houston Municipal Court.
Davano could not be reached for comment. Hughes did not respond to a message seeking comments.
A statement from United Airlines said Davano has been “upset” from service since February 26 and the airline investigated.
“Upon completion of the investigation, all appropriate remedies will be taken up to and including termination,” the statement said. “At United, we take pride in the highest standards of professionalism and have no tolerance for any kind of discrimination.”