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Homophobic leering and sexist terms bug travellers

January 4, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A leering man’s verbal abuse of a lesbian couple on a Jetstar flight, and patronising treatment of a woman who complained to a transport operator about sexist language – each have raised eyebrows.

A lesbian couple flying Jetstar from Melbourne to Perth on New Year’s Eve to visit family have claimed on Facebook they were subjected to a torrent of homophobic slurs and verbal abuse.

The story of Cat Franke, 23, and Julz Evans, 26, has been aired by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Franke says that when she and Evans tried to share a midnight kiss as the New Year came in, an “intoxicated, arrogant man” sitting behind them put his face up to the gap in the chair “and started mumbling about how he wanted to watch lesbians kiss”.http://www.stevecafeandcuisine.com/

According to the Herald report, the man then became more obnoxious, singing popular songs but replacing words with offensive insults, while hitting the back of the couple’s chairs and calling out to the cabin crew for more drinks.

The couple have complained to Jetstar, which has reportedly offered them two AUD 50 vouchers while it investigates.

The report quoted a Jetstar spokesperson saying cabin crew did not believe the passenger was intoxicated and the case would be submitted for assessment by Jetstar’s behaviour review panel.

On the other side of the world, meanwhile, Virgin Trains in Britain has apologised for giving a sexist response to passenger’s complaint, the Guardian reported.

Passenger Emily Cole tweeted that she had been “dismissed with that hideously patronising word … honey” when she tried to discuss a problem with a train manager.

On its official Twitter account, Virgin Trains responded: “Sorry for the mess up Emily, would you prefer ‘pet’ or ‘love’ next time?”

Cole replied sarcastically: “Wonderful to see that Virgin take complaints of rude and misogynistic behaviour seriously. Stunned.”

Virgin then swiftly deleted its initial tweet, saying: “We apologise unreservedly for this tweet and for the offence caused.”

Written by Peter Needham

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