UC Berkeley coach says Southwest Airlines asked for Facebook proof biracial son was of her

Lindsay Gottlieb says that she was asked to prove that her son, Jordan belonged to her, even if it is a mother in the neighborhood said that they are not the same question.

(Lindsay Gottlieb/Twitter)

Lindsay Gottlieb, the University of California ‘s women’ s basketball coach, says she was “shocked” with West after one of the airline staff allegedly asked her to prove that she was the mother of her biracial son for getting a flight.

“I am shocked that after about 50 times of flying with my 1-year-old son[,] the cashier staff told me that I had to ‘prove’ that he was my son, despite the fact that his passport,” Gottlieb, who is white, wrote on Twitter, according to KPIX. “They said: we have a different last name. My guess is because he has a different skin color.”


Gottlieb shared her story on Sunday night, after allegedly being questioned about her son for a flight leaving from the International Airport of Denver, according to KPIX.

Southwest Airlines investigating after employee questions Cal women’s basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb about her son.

— KPIX 5 (@KPIXtv) 29 May 2018

She added that she was asked not only for a birth certificate as a matter of “federal law,” but also to the pull of a Facebook post that would further prove that she was mother to 1-year-old son Jordan, Peter Martin, with whom she and fiancé, Patrick Martin welcomed last May.

Gottlieb do not think that the boy is the last name had a lot to do with the Southwest agent need for proof.

“The mother next to me said that they never asked for proof” when traveling with a child who has a different last name, Gottlieb tweeted. “Not shocking, not mixed-race family,” she added the mother said.


The southwest has since reached Gottlieb “address her concerns,” according to a statement from the carrier shared with Fox News.

“We are looking for this specific interaction, and we are working with the Customer directly to the address of its concerns,” the airline wrote. “Our Employees are well regarded for their Hospitality and we always strive to provide the best experience for everyone who trusts us with their journey.”


Gottlieb told KPIX she does not like the whole airline is responsible for the acts of an employee, but that she felt the need to say anything about the name of her son.

“I feel as a white female, with a position of privilege and a platform where someone will listen, it is my responsibility to say, ‘Hey, this is what happened, this is not GOOD’, she told KPIX 5. “And maybe somewhere in the line that helps my son, who is biracial and will for his whole life.”

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