Brittney Griner’s Team Allowed To Fly Private After She Got Heckled At Airport

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Brittney Griner won’t be getting harrased anymore at the airport.

Last week, the WNBA star was heckled at the airport by prankster Alex Stein in a video that has since gone viral.

According to a report from ESPN, Griner and the Phoenix Mercury will now fly on a chartered plane for the rest of the season due to the incident.


In the wake of Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner and her teammates getting harassed last Saturday while waiting to board a flight to Indianapolis at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the Mercury are changing travel plans for the rest of the season.

The most significant change to Griner’s travel plans is the ability to fly charter for the Mercury’s remaining road games, an option that wasn’t available at the onset of the 2023 season, a source told ESPN, even though the league claims it had given the Mercury the freedom to let Griner fly private all year.

The Mercury will be exempt from ceraint league protocols on flying charter due to Griner’s situation.

Sources have told ESPN that the Mercury might be able to use JSX public charter flights for the entire team on both standard and so-called “created” routes, the latter of which other WNBA teams are not allowed to do. However, neither the league nor the Mercury would confirm Friday if that this is the case, nor any other travel details.

Of course Alex Stein is taking credit for the team’s latest decision.

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