Some Carriers Not Fully Welcoming of LGBTIQA Travelers

Author: , September 20th, 2017

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For the LGBT community, the path to full equality has always been filled with roadblocks and barriers. For every step we take forward — the right to marry the person we love, for example – it seems we take a few steps back.

Make no mistake: progress has been made, especially among American businesses. From enthusiastically supporting marriage equality to standing against so-called religious liberty bills that discriminate against the LGBT community, American companies are on the front lines of our fight.

We shouldn’t just celebrate their progress — we should reward it. For example, American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines have been vocal advocates for progress on equal rights — at home and abroad.

The same cannot be said for their foreign competitors.

Gulf carriers like Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways are consistently hostile towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The LGBT community is barred from employment of any kind at these three companies. They are state-owned airlines headquartered in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, countries that lack any protection for the LGBT community, where intimate relationships are criminalized, and where abuses against the community are well documented.

The U.S. State Department reports that in the United Arab Emirates “both civil law and sharia criminalize consensual same-sex sexual activity. Under sharia, individuals who engage in consensual same-sex sexual conduct could be subject to the death penalty.” Equally alarming, the U.S. State Department’s most recent human rights report cautions that: “There were reports of LGBT persons being questioned in Dubai airport.”

By Joe Solomnese – Full Story at The Hill

Flying the Gay Friendly Skies

Author: , March 22nd, 2014

AirplaneI look forward to booking my annual trip to Hawaii–escaping the colder climes of winter in Chicago, or the chilly winds of springtime on the lakefront for palm trees and golden sand beaches.

Shopping for tickets is the most anxious part of the travel planning process. As someone who strives to be conscious of which U.S. companies are treating their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees right, it has become important for me to make sure I don’t fly with bigot corporations. While I want to get the most for my travel budget, I don’t want to spend my gay dollars on a company that doesn’t think much of its LGBT labor.

The Corporate Equality Index 2014–a project of LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign–is considered the best study on the relationship between U.S. companies and their LGBT employees. And it’s a great tool for helping me shop around for those airplane tickets.

Authored By Gerald Farinas – See the Full Story at the Chicago Phoenix

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Airlines Speak Out Against Arizona’s “Right to Discriminate” Bill

Author: , February 26th, 2014

Delta AirlinesSome major travel companies, including American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Delta, have called on Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto a bill permitting businesses to refuse service on religious grounds, a measure that opponents say is meant to allow discrimination against gays.

The measure was passed by the state legislature, and is awaiting the governor’s signing or veto of the bill by Saturday morning. It also has prompted some tourists to cancel reservations for Arizona trips and companies to say they would locate elsewhere if it became law.

Delta Air Lines issued a statement Tuesday condemning the legislation. “As a global values-based company, Delta Air Lines is proud of the diversity of its customers and employees, and is deeply concerned about proposed measures in several states, including Georgia and Arizona, that would allow businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. If passed into law, these proposals would cause significant harm to many people and will result in job losses. They would also violate Delta’s core values of mutual respect and dignity … Delta strongly opposes these measures and we join the business community in urging state officials to reject these proposals.”

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Davey Wavey Flies the Unfriendly Skies

Author: , May 31st, 2012

Unfriendly SkiesWhen my luggage weighed in at 62 pounds–some 12 pounds over the limit–on a recent trip to San Diego, I knew that I was in trouble.

Like many people who travel frequently, I’ve come to dread flying. The thing is, it doesn’t need to be that way. It almost seems like the airlines go out of their way to make the experience as unpleasant as possible.

When my luggage weighed in at 62 pounds–some 12 pounds over the limit–on a recent trip to San Diego, I knew that I was in trouble. I understood that there would be a fee–but I was shocked when the ticketing agent charged me $125 for the bag. I wouldn’t be surprised if, in the not-so-distant-future, airlines starts charging overweight passengers a fee for transporting their excess weight. After all, it takes additional jet fuel to transport all that mass.

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American Airlines First Class Non-Stop BUE/JFK

Author: , May 14th, 2012

American Airlines First Class Non-Stop BUE/JFK   |  New York, United States  | Back in New York City after and amazing month an a half in Brazil and Argentina. The way back, well on board First Class non-stop American Airlines flight from Buenos Aires to New York City (approx. 10 hours and 30 minutes ). Yes everyone, after an exhausting week planning a Gay Wedding in Buenos Aires, I got on my almost flat bed seat, jump into my AA pijamas, enjoyed a few glasses of White Wine and Champagne, caught up with movies and slept the whole way through to wake up over a great breakfast at JFK. Read the full post @ www.carlosmeliablog.com

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New Report Says 2011 Was Banner Year for Airline Customer Service

Author: , April 4th, 2012

Report on AirlinesWhile many people continue to complain about the decline of airline services, a new study has called 2011 the “best year ever,” in terms of airline service.

The independent company, Airline Quality Rating, has been studying date for 21 year and they found that in 2011 a passenger was less likely to be bumped, less likely to lose their luggage and more likely to arrive at their destinations on time.”

Also, passengers complained the least to the government this year. “Everything is heading in the right direction,” says Dean Headley of Wichita State University, who co-authored the report with Purdue University professor Brent Bowen.

Full Story from Passport Magazine

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Eight Airlines Receive High HRC Scores

Author: , December 14th, 2011

Released today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index 2012 chronicles the remarkable advances that have taken place on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in the workplace since 2002.

The CEI rates companies on 40 specific policies and practices, 32 of which are new or more demanding this year. To achieve a perfect score and the coveted distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality,” companies must have fully-inclusive equal employment opportunity policies, provide equal employment benefits, demonstrate organizational LGBT competency, evidence their commitment to equality publicly and exercise responsible citizenship.

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How to Pick the Best Economy Seat

Author: , October 28th, 2011

Economy SeatsHate sitting in economy class? Do you ever wonder what it may be like to fly up front? Sure, but what are tips and tricks into getting an enormous discount on Business and First Class ticket as well as cracking those sly techniques into getting your tush bumped to the front.

However, first class travel is not always an option. How then does a traveler fare it out in economy? Here are some tips into getting the best seat on your next coach class flight. I’ll divulge some of our top secret tips into the world of upgrades and discount front class flying!

When first class is sold out or your precious elite status did not work out in your favor on your upcoming flight, flying economy class may be your only option. Don’t fret; there are ways to make your economy class travel experience somewhat of a pleasure.

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