Gay couple forced to give up plane seat to a heterosexual couple

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David Cooley, an American businessman, was flying from New York to Los Angeles with his partner when the incident occurred. He was told to sit away from his partner because there was a heterosexual couple willing to sit together. If he refused, he was threatened to be moved out of the plane. In a post on Facebook, Cooley said that he is an experienced traveler, he had been traveling with his partner for years and has never been discriminated against during trips. In a statement to GSN, a spokesperson for Alaska Airlines confirmed that the incident had taken place. “When boarding flight 1407 from JFK to LAX, a couple was mistakenly assigned the same seats as another couple in Premium Class,” the statement said,“We reseated one of the guests from Premium Class in the Main Cabin. “We are deeply sorry for the situation, and are investigating the details while communicating directly with the guests involved to try and make this right.”

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