Alaska Airlines apologizes for an overbooking situation in which a gay couple was asked to leave their seats to a heterosexual couple.
"We mistakenly posted two people in one seat and we regret the situation very much and are also looking into the details," the carrier said in a statement, adding that there is a "zero tolerance policy for discrimination
The apology came after Los Angeles restaurant owner David Cooley returned to Facebook on Sunday to vent his experience on an Alaska Airlines flight from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport.
"After my travel companion and I sat for a while on our assigned seats, we were approached by the flight. The caregiver and my companion were asked to switch from his premium seat to coach so that a couple could sit together explained that we were a couple and wanted to sit together. He had the choice to either give up the bonus Sit down and pull to the coach or get off the plane, "Cooley, owner of the iconic gay bar LA The Abbey wrote in a Facebook Contribution that has been shared more than 2,1
"We could not stand the feeling of humiliation for a full cross-country flight and left the plane," added Cooley "I can not believe that today's airline would give preferential treatment to a heterosexual couple to a gay couple and would go so far as to ask us to leave."
Alaska Airlines declared the involved Toragenten in The incident did not make it clear that the men were a couple.
Cooley ended his Facebook post that called on LGBT people to boycott Alaska Airlines.
"Thanks Delta Air Lines for bringing us home "If you're a # LGBT person, please enter your travel dollars into an LGBT-friendly airline like Delta."
Federal rules allow airline companies To make their own criteria for the selection of passengers, but the practice can be expensive, both in the reputation of an airline damage and compensate those who are forced to give up their seats. An analysis of government aviation data found out last year that passengers hit by Alaska Airlines Flight
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