Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Gays getting antsy

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/02/british-airways-criticised-by-lgbt-groups-over-asylum-removals

Hmm, not sure about that one.

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/companies/airline-apologises-to-gay-couple-asked-to-move-for-straight-couple-20180802-p4zuzi.html

This one is a ripper story. A gay couple were seated in their booked seats when one was requested to give up his seat so seats could be rearranged for a straight married couple to sit together. In spite of the gay couple's protests, they were told one either moves from their seat in premium economy to economy or gets off the plane. They both left the plane. The airline later explained that the seat had been double booked by a mistake on its part, and a decision had to be made. Simple I would have thought. Both couples had booked and the gay couple was there first. First in, best dressed with appropriate compensation for the disadvantaged.

If I were gay, oh, apparently I am. It is so easy to forget at my age. Yes, well, I don't think I would be using Alaska Airlines if there was an alternative.

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  1. Sigh. Small steps have been made. Strides are needed. In this and rather a lot of other areas of prejudice.

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    1. EC, just this morning I was reading of a lass with cerebral palsy being denied entry to a inner Sydney hotel. She was out to celebrate her 21st birthday with friends and was not just stopped but treated very badly too.

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    2. I saw that too. Hiss and spit.

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    3. Weren't we all moving towards tolerance and acceptance? What the heck has happened?

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  2. I am at a loss for words! I was moved only once when flying with Jack. And it was due to the fact we were on company business. He stayed in First Class, as he had to start flying as soon as we reached Germany, and I was moved to the back.
    That said, I did not pay for my ticket and was basically flying in open seats.
    How horrible it must have been for them.
    Ugh! Makes me very angry!

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    1. Maribeth, as you describe, that all sounds fair to me, unlike what I pointed out. I suppose First must have been full when you were moved.

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  3. That is probably plain and simple discrimination. Lawsuit time. Make them pay.

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    1. Strayer, and like so many stories we hear, we will probably never know what happens subsequently.

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  4. Very sad that those things happen. But speaking about seating on planes my niece, her husband and their 3 year old boy were all allocated seats on different rows on a recent flight from Geneva to San Francisco where they live. Now how can the airline expect a 3 year old to sit by himself?? Very odd, but apparently they were told they would have to try and swap seats with others once inside, which they managed to do with 3 young ladies who were sitting together and didn't mind moving.

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    1. Sami, that is quite a lengthy flight. It seems very odd to have 3 year old on his own. Unless it was a last minute booking or they were one of the last to check in, surely they should be seated together.

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    2. Flights had been booked a few weeks ahead, don't why why it happened, but it wasn't the first time something similar happened. Last year, even though they had paid for seats upfront so they get more leg space and could put the kid sleeping on the floor, when they boarded they saw those seats were allocated to some elderly people and they were seated behind them, so the baby had to sit on their laps the whole flight. I would have written a letter of complaint both times, but my niece and husband don't like to make a fuss.

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  5. My late mother in law once found a woman sitting in her pre-booked seat on a flight from the USA to UK. She asked her to move, asked the stewardesses to move her, she refused. The stewardesses eventually offered my mother in law a seat in first class, and the seated woman then complained that SHE wanted the first class seat. My MIL won! Cheeky mare.

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    1. Cro, everyone likes such a story of natural justice.

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  6. I agree, first in, best dressed and the first couple WERE already seated. Why not ask a single person to move around to accommodate a married couple? The airline needs to think things through a little better, especially since they were at fault for double booking a seat.

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    1. River, impolitely, I think it was a total fuck up by the airline. They got nothing right, except for seating the married couple where they were supposed to be. I really hope the two guys do sue.

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  7. My husband delivered an unexpected baby on Al Italia, after leaving Singapore for Melbourne. The plane made an unscheduled stop on Darwin, then they put Joe into first class to thank him.

    Unexpected events happen all the time. Why not give the gay couple two seats together in first class?

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    1. Hels, whatever happened to Al Italia? Good on Joe. Did he actually know what he was doing? I doubt any such error of judgement will ever happen again on Alaskan Airlines.

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    2. Andrew

      There were only two problems. 1. Joe hadn't delivered a baby since his 5th undergraduate year of medicine and 2. The lady spoke Italian and French whilst Joe only spoke English and German. The baby, thankfully, didn't care :)

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  8. If I was them, I would have held my ground. Too bad if airline made a mistake.
    I was on a flight where a guy asked me to move so his elderly mother could have my seat, nope, didn't happen.

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    1. Go on you for not moving. Holding your ground with the seats could mean airport security or police are called. Could be very nasty.

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  9. 'Double booked by mistake' or flight overbooked by airline policy to maximise seats filled and tickets sold?

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    1. Victor, probably. It really is a load of shite by the airline. Remember the good old days when airlines employed gay men, who may have had more sympathy, as bitchy as they could be at times.

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  10. Outrageous! That's it Andrew, I'm never flying with them again 😀

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    1. Grace, the airline would probably be relieved to not have an ultra nervous passenger to deal with.

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  11. The airline's name should be changed to Air Homophobic.

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    1. Kirk, even though airlines would have a higher employment of gay men than many businesses, they still can't get things right.

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