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Comedian Gary Owen says Delta gate agent racially profiled his wife at CVG

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Posted at 3:33 PM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 15:33:51-04

HEBRON, Ky. — Cincinnati comedian Gary Owen said a Delta gate agent at CVG racially profiled his wife as she was boarding a flight Monday.

In a video posted on Instagram Monday, Owen — known for his roles in movies like "Think Like a Man" and "Ride Along" and his former BET reality show — said his wife, Kenya, and their daughter were lining up with other first-class passengers for a flight from Cincinnati to San Francisco when a gate agent asked her if she was "in first."

"Now, my wife's a black lady," Owen said in the video. "The guy behind her was a white dude. And the ticket agent was a white dude. But he asked the black lady, 'Are you in first,' but not the white dude."

Owen said his wife asked the ticket agent if he was going to ask the man behind her, but the man said he wouldn't "because [he didn't] feel like it."

In a statement, Delta apologized and said they were reviewing the situation with their Cincinnati team.

"We take situations like these very seriously and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind," the airline said. "We are in contact with the customer to better understand what transpired."

Owen went on to say that he has almost 3 million miles with the airline.

"You see this lady, that's my wife," he said in the video, pointing the camera at her. "She flies first. Don't ask."