Alaska Airlines responds to gay couple claim crew separated them so you can right a few would sit

Alaska Airlines confirmed to Fox News that the couple had moved down from Premium Class to the cabin, but said that it was because of a seating error.


Alaska Airlines is investigating a claim that a gay couple was separated, so that a straight couple can sit together.

David Cooley was flying from New York’s JFK Airport to Los Angeles International Airport when he said an Alaska Airlines flight attendant gave “preferential treatment to a straight couple.”


.@AlaskaAir I have never been so discriminated against while traveling to. I was removed from an Alaska Airlines flight # 1407 from John F. Kennedy Airport to LOS angeles to give a preferential treatment to a straight couple. #LGBTQ #AlaskaAir #JFK #discrimination

— David Cooley (@DavidCooleyLA) July 29, 2018

“I have never been so discriminated against during the travel before,” Cooley wrote on Twitter. “After my travel companion and I had been sitting in our assigned places for a while, we were approached by the stewardess and my colleague was asked to have his seat in coach, so a couple could sit together. I explained that we are a couple and wanted to sit together. He was given a choice to either give in the seat and to the bus or to leave the plane. We could not bear, the sense of humiliation for an entire cross-country flight and left the plane. I can’t believe that an airline in this day and age would give a straight couple preferential treatment about a gay couple and go so far as to ask us to leave.”

Cooley said that he and his partner managed to get a flight home on a Delta Air Lines, and advised others in the LGBT community to avoid Alaska Airlines.

“We will never fly Alaska Airlines or any of their recently purchased Virgin Airlines Group ever again. Thank you to Delta Air Lines for to keep us safe at home. If you are an #LGBT person, you can spend your travel dollars with LGBT-friendly airline like Delta.”

A number have taken to Twitter to share their outrage about the treatment.

I’ve never flown on Alaska Airlines, and as a straight woman, I will avoid them in the future. Such disgusting discrimination can not and will not be tolerated by decent people! Shame on @AlaskaAir !!

— Simone Cromer ? (@TheatreofZen) July 30, 2018

@AlaskaAir Clearly your employees are not “value capture for (y)our guests”, as it was an employee who moved the already existing gay couple to make room for late arrival straight couple. This is completely unacceptable, and so is your non-excuse. Do better.

— Deirdre B ?️?? (@deirdre1122) July 30, 2018

The making of the note and will not book on Alaska air

— Jen (@onthetracksjen) July 30, 2018


Alaska Airlines confirmed to Fox News that the couple had moved down from Premium Class to the cabin, but said that it was because of a seating error.

“Upon boarding flight 1407 from JFK to LAX, a couple was accidentally assigned the same seats as another couple in the Premium Class. We reseated one of the guests of the Premium-class in the cabin. We are deeply sorry for the situation, and the investigation of the details, while communicating directly with the guests involved to try and make this right. Alaska Airlines has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind, and our employees value inclusion for our guests and for each other.”

An unfortunate seating mix-up happened this weekend. Full LGBTQ equality is a value that we share.

— Alaska Airlines (@AlaskaAir) On July 31, 2018

David Cooley not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

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