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Qantas request to move seats sparks ‘homophobia’ flap

November 16, 2015 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59The old order clashed with modern life on a recent Qantas domestic flight, when cabin crew asked a woman from Victoria to change seats so that an elderly married couple could sit together.

The request, which Qantas cabin crew no doubt considered a kindly gesture on behalf of the elderly married couple, caused offence because the woman they asked to move seats was part of a same-sex couple travelling together with their daughter.

The partner of the woman asked to move seats went on to accuse Qantas of “blatant homophobia”, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The matter appeared to have been resolved shortly after boarding, only to flare up again mid-flight when a Qantas flight attendant allegedly accused the same-sex couple of separating the elderly married couple and demanded to see boarding passes. The same-sex couple were in their designated, business-class seats.

“I again told her [the flight attendant] that Merrin was my partner and Lily our daughter,” one of the women is quoted as saying. “I told her we had just as much right to be seated together as the married couple.”

Qantas later contacted the aggrieved woman to apologise for the “unfortunate misunderstanding”, complete with an offer of extra Frequent Flyer points.

The Sydney Morning Herald commented: “Qantas was heavily involved in this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardis Gras and is headed by openly gay chief executive Alan Joyce.”

Written by Peter Needham

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  1. AgentGerko says:

    Another gross over-reaction by the self righteous gays. Firstly, how can you call Qantas homophobic? It is an airline, not a person, and one that is run by a gay man who has lobbied the government for gay marriage. You were spoken to by a flight attendant, an occupation widely known for its acceptance of gays. And so the attendants concern for the welfare of an elderly couple becomes another propaganda means. Nobody ever discounted your right to sit together. They just overestimated your ability to show some kindness.

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