A Delta passenger has had their luggage vandalized after a homophobic slur was written on their baggage during a flight with the American carrier.
What are the details?
Renee Gerrish had the word ‘Sodomite’ written on their rainbow luggage tag after flying Delta. The upset passenger posted the evidence to Twitter in protest, calling out the airline for the incident:
Someone at Delta Air Lines baggage handling took it upon themselves to write “sodomite” on my 🌈 luggage tag. Bigotry, hate speech and destruction of personal property while in @Delta airline’s care. I want this shared and on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community- I will not go quietly. pic.twitter.com/BzbG4n0jas
— Renee Gerrish (@recklessrita) September 12, 2019
It is a little strange that someone would take the time to write a word like this on a baggage tag, and why they would be triggered by a rainbow tag. Plus, it’s a big assumption that the passenger happens to have a different lifestyle, perhaps the passenger just likes rainbows; colors don’t have to be political. Which actually happened in this situation.
On today’s chapter of homophobic and/or ignorant people, someone had the audacity to suggest, I, a straight woman, defaced my own (beloved) personal property with a LGBTQ+ slur for attention. #smh #what #likewhat pic.twitter.com/h8f17jcqFt
— Renee Gerrish (@recklessrita) September 13, 2019
In fact, the whole scenario just seems bizarre. Plus, we don’t know for sure if it was even a Delta employee who did this as it may have been many of the other thousands of airport employees who roam the vast facility.
Some people on Twitter certainly think that this situation is a little too good to be true and thought to question the whole series of events.
I created the Twitter account so that people would respond from Delta as they’ve ignored every regular attempt to reach out about this issue. And it’s larger than a luggage tag. Sorry that I care about a community bigger than myself.
— Renee Gerrish (@recklessrita) September 14, 2019
So far, the passenger has had this response from the airline.
Luggage tag/@Delta update: i was able to connect with the someone in the executive branch yesterday in regards to my defaced tag. I truly appreciated her time and genuine care. More details of the situation in picture below. pic.twitter.com/D1N8oPJYc9
— Renee Gerrish (@recklessrita) September 17, 2019
What has been the airlines’ response?
Simple Flying reached out to Delta for a comment on this situation, but they had not replied to media enquires as of the time of publishing. Although, as pointed out by View From The Wing, Delta has a firm policy with regards to how it treats its passengers.
“As a global carrier with a diverse workforce and customer base, we are committed to respecting and treating all passengers equally.”
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