ALASKA Airlines faced a backlash after a passenger claimed a flight attendant gave “preferential treatment to a straight couple”.
ALASKA Airlines has apologised after a gay couple was separated so a straight couple could 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”.
“I have never been so discriminated against while travelling before,” Cooley wrote on Twitter.
“After my travelling companion and I had been seated in our assigned seats for a while, we were approached by the flight attendant and my companion was asked to move from his premium seat to coach, so a couple could sit together.
“I explained that we were a couple and wanted to sit together.
“He was given a choice to either give up the premium seat and move to coach or get off the plane. We could not bear the feeling of humiliation for an entire cross-country flight and left the plane.