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Guest Post: Airlines Impose a 10% Surcharge for Being Sexually Normal

November 28th, 2007 by Halli

From Bryan Fischer, Idaho Values Alliance

Quietly and with no fanfare, Alaska and Horizon Airlines are offering travel specials that are only available to gays, lesbians and transgendered individuals. Ordinary heterosexuals? Well, you’re just out of luck.

Alaska and Horizon employees received an email on September 13 about a “very soft launch” of a new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LBGT) “micro-website” that is devoted to people who practice non-normative sexual behaviors, and offers them special deals unavailable to those who are sexually normal.

When one employee complained that this was “reverse discrimination,” since there is no “micro-website” for heterosexuals, or for Blacks or Hispanics for that matter, the employee was informed that it made no difference to corporate officials because the LGBT community represents a “gigantic profitable segment of the market.”

Sure enough, if you go to Alaska’s special “Gay Travel” section of the website, you will discover that a special 10% discount was offered this fall for LGBT travelers to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico (Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air Promotions: VIVA Puerto Vallarta and LGBT). Of course, this meant that heterosexuals paid, in essence, a 10% penalty for the same trip for being, well, sexually normal.

But it’s not too late: Switch your sexual orientation from heterosexual to anything else, and you can immediately qualify for a special 10% discount for your holiday travel to New York City. All you have to do is enter a special discount code “when you purchase your tickets at” (Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air Gay Travel – Save 10% on Travel to New York City).

If you’re an ordinary heterosexual, once again be prepared to pay what amounts to a 10% surcharge for being sexually straight.

Says Alaska, “Whether it’s your first flight with us or your 400th, we are thrilled to have you join us. In ‘Our World,’ diversity abounds. From the land of the Midnight Sun to the beaches of Mexico and Miami, from historic Boston to the desert of Palm Springs and Tucson, is a welcoming resource for our LGBT travelers.”

Alaska has a special page devoted to flights to LGBT events such as “The 5th Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival,” the “8th Int’l Conference on Gay and Lesbian Tourism” (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), “Atlantis Events’ Largest Gay Cruise in History” (Miami, FL), the “International Foundation for Gender Education ‘Transgender 2008′” (Tucson, AZ), and the “Dinah Shore Weekend in the Desert” (Palm Spring, CA) [which leads the ordinary observer to say, "The Dinah Shore Weekend in the Desert?" What is that all about?].

Alaska has received a rating of 95 from the Human Rights Campaign as a gay-friendly airline.

What to do? Next time you check in to fly Alaska or Horizon, courteously express your disappointment that Alaska is pushing the homosexual agenda and offering special fares that aren’t available to you. (Print out a copy of this Daily Update to hand to the agent at the counter if you are challenged on this.)

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