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Although the plaintiff Tuesday adopted an excuse from Alaska that said the result was a blunder and did not reflect irreverence, the spread of the event in the public opinion press tarnished the air carrier's publicity. Harteveldt, an Atmosphere Research Group aviation researcher, said in an interviewer that Alaska had previously built a strong brand name as a gay-friendly city.
"I know as an airline analyst who has known Alaska for a long while and who happens to be homosexual, that Alaska and Virgin America are two of the supporting airlines in the businesses of their employers and the entire lives of the lives of the LGBT people," said Harteveldt. Cooley, proprietor of a beloved upper class gays club in the West Hollywood part of Los Angeles, told the story in Facebook and Twitter.
Said he and his travel partner were on their allocated luxury seating when a gatehouse operative asked his partner to give up his seating and go into the business stateroom so another pair could get together. Though Cooley said he was protesting that the two men were also a pair and wanted to be seated together, he said the operative persisted that his travelling partner either had to move to train or get off the aircraft.
Mr Cooley ended his job by gratefully acknowledging the competing carrier Delta for bringing the pair to L.A. afterwards and demanding a ban from Alaska Airlines by the EU Commission's letter to the letter. A violent response to the posting of articles on charity was quickly triggered when a number of prominent people interfered and spread information about the event. A lot of on-line commentators were sharper and said they would never again be flying Alaska.
"disgrace you Alaska aerial for the employment of fanatics" was written a typcial Twitter commentator. Bobbie Egan said in an interviewee that the event was "a personal error" committed by a Stargate operative who did not have all the information and was merely trying to move humans so that a whole household could gather together.
Mr. Egan pointed out that Alaska Air Chief Executive Brad Tilden has promoted marital equity and, as a scout guide, the adoption of homosexual scouts within the organisation. Tilden followed other airlines in 2014 by sending an open note to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who persuaded them to vote against a bill that would allow companies to appeal to religions and refuse to serve homosexuals.
Tuesday Cooley refused to talk to the press, but in the afternoons he took down his initial Facebook mail and published another that said: Harteveldt, an airline analyst, said that after talking to Alaska about the event, he believed the mistake was a shortage of information forwarded to the Stargate agents, who should have seen that Cooley and his escort had made a common booking and were therefore together and should not be asked to part.
He said he was sure that the event was a real error and not because of the distortion against homosexuals. Alaska Airlines' website contains a page dedicated to "Homosexual Travel," which promotes UGBT trips and emphasizes gay-friendly tourist attractions that promote marital equation, celebration of pride, and other activities of interest to the homosexual world.
Twitter was answered by Billy Eichner, the queer acting and comedic artist known for his fake rage and TV show "Billy on the Street", on Alaska's on-line excuse with a line summarizing the PR issue the carrier is now facing.