It only took a few more mass shootings and pipe bomb threats against America’s leading Democrats but FEDEX is FINALLY ending an affiliate program that offered discounts for business members of the National Rifle Association.
FedEx stood by the gun-rights lobby group as other companies scrapped deals. They were reacting to the NRA’s stance after 17 students and staff members were murdered at a Florida high school by a former student. Companies including Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and car-rental firm Enterprise swiftly ended member discounts. At the time, FedEx said that while assault rifles of the kind used in most American mass shootings shouldn’t be in civilian hands, it did not believe in “discriminating” between organizations it works with.
The change of tack comes just days after a gunman killed 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue. The $56 billion logistics company says the closure of its NRA discount program from Nov. 4 has no connection to that incident or any other shooting. Rather, the NRA just didn’t bring in enough business to merit its own deal. It’s among dozens of organizations FedEx plans to move to new pricing programs, and the company has been notifying customers since early October.
Henry Amador-Batten said he and his 5-year-old son, Ben, were greeted at Raleigh–Durham International Airport on Friday by a group of police officers, The Durham Herald-Sun reported. He soon learned that a flight attendant had seen him cuddling with his son on their flight from Newark, New Jersey, and felt that his hand rested too close to the boy’s genitals.
Amador-Batten, who was returning home from a family visit in Puerto Rico, said he was caught completely off guard by the accusation, but cooperated with police. He said he explained to the officers that Ben was afraid of flying, and he’d simply placed his hand on his son’s lap to comfort him as he fell asleep.
In a Facebook post on DADsquared, Henry’s spouse Joel said: ‘Tonight my husband was detained after disembarking a United flight to RDU because a member of the flight crew made an accusation that my husband’s hand/arm laying across my sleeping son’s lap was too close to the “child’s genitals”.’
To make matters worse, Joel had just spent two weeks in Puerto Rico ‘dealing with his father’s quick decline and subsequent death’.
Joel continued: ‘This is not how anyone deserves to be treated. This is not something that should have happened in front of my son.
‘This is not something that anyone should have to worry about happening to them on a flight just because someone might not like the looks of them.”
‘My husband and I are parents. We are foster parents. We are in the process of adopting our second son.’
Issuing an apology after the complaint, a United Airlines spokesman wrote: ‘Our customers should always be treated with the utmost respect.
‘We have followed up with the customer directly and we apologized for the situation.’
Henry Amador-Batten confirmed that a United Airlines representative called him and asked to keep it ‘low key’ as they have a ‘lot of bad press recently’.
Their lawyer, Kenneth Padowitz, told the Herald-Sun: ‘Based on the horrible situation that they placed him in front of their son and other people on the plane, we are going to vigorously pursue to be compensated by the airline for this horrible embarrassing treatment.’
In the end, Amador-Batten was not charged with a crime and released. However, both he and Ben remain traumatized by the experience. “That flight attendant’s false accusation did not save a child, it put an entire family in danger,” he said. “We’re [made to] understand that families like ours, created out of choice and love, are fragile by nature. … We are not as protected nor solidified, and we need to be.”
Billy Canu and his partner are claiming that they were threatened by a United Airlines manager who they have identified as Rodney Hill stating that Hill called them “faggots” before threatening to kick the couple off their flight after they got in an argument with gate agents over access to United’s Gold Lounge at Denver International Airport. “We were completely shocked. We were shaking,”Billy Canu said.
“The agents gave the couple “a very condescending, sort of rude answer. They were trying to figure out who was going to help us.”
When Canu and his partner complained about the handling of their question, a manager approached them and escorted them away from the area. Canu claimed the manager then escalated the situation.
“As we were walking away he goes ‘idiots,’” recounted Canu. “So, my partner turned around and started walking up to him and said, ‘I’m sorry. What did you say?'”
“He [Hill] says, ‘What f*****s,’” according to Canu. Canu said the manager even threatened to kick the couple off their flight to San Diego if they continued to complain.
United Airlines spokesperson Megan McCarthy has said. “We have received this complaint and are reviewing, and we will reach out to the customer directly. United does not tolerate discrimination of any kind,”