Actress Responds to Southwest Airlines Denying Gay Couple 'Family Boarding'

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Agosto 28, 2017

In May, another gay couple with three children was told by a Southwest employee that only one parent could board with the children since they were not a family.

"Why would your company representatives (the desk agents boarding the plane on behalf of your corporation) believe that it is okay to reject these little girls' love for their fathers, making them feel that they are not good enough?" I implore you, as a company that seeks to provide a happy experience for all of its customers, to hire individuals who despise hate, not love; who embrace difference, not look down on it.

Forstadt, meanwhile, alleged that a Southwest employee inexplicably said, "No!"

"I implore you, as a company that seeks to provide a happy experience for all of its customers, to hire individuals who despise hate, not love; who embrace difference, not look down on it", she continued.

The 30-year-old actress wrote Friday that it was the girls" first flight ever, and they were "so excited to join their Daddies on a family trip" when a Southwest desk agent "made it clear that these lovely little girls and their fathers were not in fact "family'".

However, as the former "90210" star explained, her friends and their young children weren't allowed to board the plane with the rest of the families - because the Southwest employees in charge of boarding apparently didn't consider a gay couple with children to be a family. McCord wondered. "I certainly wouldn't call it love". "Love does not separate, it unites", she added.

And the Nip/Tuck actress ended her heartfelt letter: 'Please, don't allow your company to promote the hate that destroys the pure innocence of the love of a child. McCord concluded her letter by requesting that the company should no longer "promote" hate.

The "Girls" actress called out two American Airlines flight attendants on Twitter for using transphobic language. "Not you! No! Move!"

Southwest has not responded to McCord's open letter at this time.

The incident comes just months after another gay couple spoke out against the airline after they, too, were denied family boarding. The airline issued a statement apologizing for the "less than positive travel experience".

"We don't have any existing reports associated with the Customers' travel experience but we have contacted the Employees involved for an internal review of what happened".

For its part, Southwest told the Daily News that it has not had any complaints regarding the way the family was treated, and are now awaiting a response after reaching out to the couple. The gate was open for family boarding, which, according to Southwest's policy, any adult accompanying children under the age of six can board before other passengers. However, this isn't the first time that the airline has discriminated against LGBT families. The family, who include twin sons and a daughter, were denied Family Boarding privileges. The family was separated on the flight.

A representative for Southwest Airlines did not immediately return International Business Times' request for comment.

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