Tell American Airlines to Respect Freedom of Expression for Women

Target: American Airlines
Goal: Issue a public apology for inappropriately keeping a female passenger from her connecting flight due to her choice of shirt.

American Airlines recently forced a passenger to miss her connecting flight because of a flight attendants’ personal political views. The passenger, who was wearing a shirt with a strongly political, pro-choice message, was told she must change before she would be allowed to board. Lets show American Airlines that customers will not accept this kind of personal intrusion and demand they issue a public statement showing respect for women’s freedom of expression.

At the end of her first flight, the passenger was approached by a flight attendant, who told her she needed to speak with the captain before disembarking because her shirt was “offensive.” The captain then proceeded to publicly berate her and let her know she would not be allowed to board her next flight until she changed. When the passenger inquired, the captain admitted no other passengers complained, only the flight attendant. When the passenger finally arrived at her gate, she learned the captain had given specific instructions not to hold  the flight, causing her to arrive at her destination way behind schedule.

The passenger’s shirt featured a quote by Senator Judy McIntyre, reading “If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d f*ck a senator.” The quote was popularized when Sen. McIntyre wrote it on her sign at a pro-choice rally in early March to protest Oklahoma’s extreme personhood law, which confers the rights of a living person on a fertilized egg and denies all rights of personhood to women. According to Sen. McIntyre, the quote is meant to be as offensive as it is for the Republican Party of Oklahoma to take away women’s self-determination in the name of ideology.

Sign the petition below if you believe that American Airlines employees should not let their personal opinions interfere with their job to provide passengers with the best customer service possible. Demand the airline issue a public apology for inappropriately keeping a passenger from her connecting flight due to her choice of shirt.

PETITION LETTER

Dear American Airlines,

You may be aware that two of your employees recently forced a female passenger to miss her connecting flight because of the flight attendants’ personal political views. The passenger, who was wearing a shirt with a political message, was told she must change before she would be allowed to board. As a customer, I will not accept this kind of personal intrusion and demand that you issue a public statement showing respect for women’s freedom of expression.

The passenger was approached by the flight attendant at the end of her first flight and was told she needed to speak with the captain before disembarking because her shirt was “offensive.” The captain then proceeded to publicly berate her and let her know she would not be allowed to board her next flight until she changed. When she inquired, the captain admitted no passengers complained, only the flight attendant. When the passenger finally arrived at her gate, she learned the captain had given specific instructions not to hold  the flight, causing her to arrive at her destination way behind schedule.

Your employees’ behavior is absolutely unacceptable. American Airlines employees should not let their personal opinions interfere with their job to provide passengers with the best customer service possible. I demand that you issue a public apology for inappropriately keeping a passenger from her connecting flight simply due to her choice of shirt.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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