Alaska Air responds, 'LGBTQ equality is a value we share'
Alaska Airlines has issued a gay couple a refund for their flight after a "seating mix-up" occurred on a cross-country flight over the weekend.
Los Angeles restaurateur David Cooley blasted the airline on social media Sunday after his experience on a New York to LA flight.
Cooley claimed that he and his partner were seated in their assigned seats when a flight attendant asked his partner to move from his premium seat to coach to accommodate a couple wanting to sit together.
"I explained that we were a couple and wanted to sit together," Cooley wrote in the now-deleted Facebook post. "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," Cooley added. "I cannot believe that an airline in this day and age would give a straight couple preferential treatment over a gay couple and go so far as to ask us to leave."
Cooley's post ended with a call to boycott Alaska Airlines.
On their Facebook page Tuesday, Alaska Airlines said "Full LGBTQ equality is a value we share," and stated that Cooley's ticket had been refunded.
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