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Brittany Packnett And Symone Sanders Reportedly Attacked In Nairobi Airport Lounge

By Victoria M. Walker

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Activists Brittany Packnett and Symone Sanders were reportedly attacked in an airport lounge by a drunk white man who was later arrested.

The two activists and friends were returning home from a trip to Nairobi, Kenya, and were relaxing in the Delta Airlines’ SkyClub lounge, according to The Root. According to Sanders, a man was speaking loudly on the phone when a lounge attendant, a Black woman, asked him to be quiet. The Root identified the man as Duncan Conrad Hockey, a British citizen.

“I interjected after he was rude to the lounge attendant,” Sanders told The Root. “I leaned over and said, ‘Pardon me. Will you please keep it down?’”

“Then, he began speaking even louder,” Sanders continued. “We look over again and now he’s speaking in another language and giving us the middle finger … Mind you, we are sitting on the same bench.”

Sanders told The Root that she attempted to de-escalate the situation by telling the man that nobody had been rude to him. She said that the man gave her the middle finger before throwing water and pushing Packnett.

“He lunges at her, then I jump in to defend her. It was terrifying,” said Sanders.

A photo posted from Packnett’s Twitter showed who appeared to be the man who allegedly attacked her. The two women said a man intervened, which caused the drunk man to calm down. The two women also said security was slow to arrive after the incident.

“.@Delta I’m on the diamond line right now and no one is helping,” wrote Packnett after the incident. In another tweet she called Delta’s line attendants were “the worst I’ve ever dealt with.”

“We’re not in America-we’re [at] the airport in Nairobi,” Packnett wrote on Twitter.

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Victoria M. Walker

Victoria M. Walker is an award-winning multimedia journalist and full-time lecturer in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film at her alma mater, Howard University. She was previously the breaking news and viral content video editor at The Washington Post.

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