David Cooley, a gay businessman sat down in his premium seat on Alaska Airlines along with his travel companion, expecting to enjoy a great flight.
Instead, Cooley said, “he and his travel companion were subjected to humiliation instead“, according to NBC News.
Cooley owns The Abbey, an iconic gay bar in Los Angeles. He posted to Facebook that he’s “never been so discriminated against while traveling before.”
Here’s some details about what took place.
Cooley feels that he and his travel companion were removed from their premium seats to give preferential treatment to a straight couple. After sitting in their assigned seats, a flight attendant came by, asking his travel companion to switch from his premium seat to coach so couple could sit together.
He says that they explained that they too were a couple and wanted to sit together. He was then given the choice to either switch seats to coach or get off of the plane.
Rather than feel humiliated for the duration of the flight, they decided to leave the plane.
At the end of his Facebook post, Cooley thanked Delta Air Lines for getting them home.
Alaska Airlines said that the situation is being investigated. The problem occurred due to the couple being assigned the same seats as another couple in premium class.
The airline says that they are in contact with Cooley and his partner, trying to make things right.
I find it hard to believe that in 2018 an airline would purposely discriminate against any group. It is good to hear that Alaska Airlines is trying to work things out with the couple and hopefully these kind of humiliating and awkward situations cease to take place in the future.
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