security through...well, it ain't obscurity
Posted on 2006-09-20 06:36:00
So on this American Airlines flight, a gay couple was told to stop kissing and being affectionate, then it was OK, then the captain said he'd have to divert the plane if they didn't stop arguing. ???
Now I understand this happened at a time where people were sensitive about plane threats, but somehow I don't think Islamics fundamentalists would pose as a gay couple. If you argue that a gay couple would enrage an Islamic fundamentalist, I thought that they hate our freedom - should we stop exercising that?
Security is important, but please be rational about it!
Comment from onefishclappin:
Ok, that was a fascinating article. Nearest I can tell, AA has some unwritten anti-gay procedures in that they are more tolerant of heterosexual affection on flights than homosexual affection. Plus, they used the "stop peacefully disagreeing with the crew and questioning our procedures and asserting your rights or we are hauling you off this plane in the middle of nowhere in handcuffs" thing way too fast. From how I read the article, the staff refused to give their names and employee numbers or arrange for the men to talk to corportate headquarters at the arrival gate (which I feel are reasonable requests on their part), and that was what prompted the captain to threaten them with the grounding (and associated mess).
Hmmm... now I'm not feeling so guilty about flying SW all the time instead of AA... in fact, I'm feeling pretty good about it.
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