Homophobic Airlines?(from unknown e-mail - 06 February 2001)
Not your most regular outing to the skies....It has been reported that an employee for Ansett Australia (Airlines), who happened to have the last name of Gay, got o a plane recently using the company's "free flight" offer for staff. However, when Mr Gay tried to take his seat, he found it being occupied by a fare paying passenger.
So, not to make a fuss, he simply chose another seat. Unknown to Mr Gay, another Ansett flight at the airport experienced mechanical problems. The passengers of this flight were being re-routed to various other airplanes.
A few were put on Mr Gay's flight and anyone holding a 'free' ticket was being 'bumped'. Ansett officials, armed with a list of these 'freebee' ticket holders boarded the plane, as is the practice, to remove them in favour of fare paying passengers. Of course, our Mr Gay was not sitting in his assigned seat as you may remember. So when the Ticket Agent approached the seat where Mr Gay was supposed to be sitting, she asked a startled customer "Are you gay?" The man, shyly nodded he was, at which point she demanded: "Then you have to get off the plane."
Mr Gay, overhearing what the Agent had said, tried to clear up the situation; "You've got the wrong man. I'm Gay!" This caused and angry third passenger to yell "Hell! I'm gay too! They can kick us all off!"
Confusion reined as more and more passengers began yelling that Ansett had no right to remove gays from their flights.
It is reported that ansett have refused to comment on the incident. Find other Travel articles
James: I'm with 'Stuart says...' on that.(27/10/2009)
muriel kerr: I think this is a truly funny story and one worth telling.(26/03/2007)
Stuart: ...an amusing anecdote indeed. Nora, who commented previously, obviously either did not read the article or simply has a poor comprehension of the English language: it has nothing to do with bigotry.(04/02/2007)
Nora Grisleyknob: Once again the gay majority is punished by those straight bigots.(13/04/2006)
- Jacqui: Is that why Ansett stoppped operating?(16/07/2005)