Gay World was up in arms yesterday about the “Alaska Airlines Seating Boo Boo of 2018” incident where an irate gay passenger charged the Seattle based airline with reseating his gay traveling companion to ensure that a straight couple could sit together.
The hoo ha has been addressed with this apology and statement from Alaska:
“This unfortunate incident was caused by a seating error, compounded by a full flight and a crew seeking an on-time departure and nothing more than that. It’s our policy to keep all families seated together whenever possible; that didn’t happen here and we are deeply sorry for the situation. We’ve reached out to Mr. Cooley to offer our sincere apologies for what happened and we are seeking to make it right. Alaska Airlines has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind. All of us at Alaska value inclusion for our guests and each other.”
“Diversity and inclusion are part of the fabric of Alaska Airlines. We are an airline for everyone and reflect these values through our work with dozens of nonprofit LGBTQ organizations, Pride Parades along the West Coast and a perfect score in the HRC’s Equality Index. We’ll keep building on this commitment, with our employee-led LGBTQ business resource group.”
We can go back to loving our hometown airline again.
Until we have to sit at the gate for longer than 15 minutes…