Annalynne McCord, an actress best known for her work on "Nip/Tuck," the "90210" reboot and "Dallas," is now speaking out against Southwest Airlines following yet another controversy pertaining to discrimination aboard the airline's flights.
Jacob Lapp, David Forstadt and their daughters were allegedly denied access to family boarding on a flight from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale.
"No! There is categories for a reason. Not you! No! Move!" the airline attendant reportedly told the family, refusing to provide and explanation for her dismissal.
"We are a family and we want to be represented as a family just like everyone else," Forstadt said.
After hearing of the incident, Southwest issued an apology for the "less than positive travel experience." A statement from the company read, “We don’t have any existing reports associated with the Customers’ travel experience but we have contacted the Employees involved for an internal review of what happened... Our Employees work to carry out our Boarding policy for families traveling together, while also maintaining boarding priorities for all Customers."
The statement continues, “We welcome onboard more than 115 million Customers each year and Southwest neither condones nor tolerates discrimination of any kind. A cursory view of our workforce, and our expansive, multi-cultural Customer base whose loyalism brings them back to Southwest is an endorsement and reliable indicator that we exalt, appreciate and celebrate diversity. We regret any less than positive travel experience and look forward to working directly with these Customers to ensure their concerns are heard and addressed.”
Lapp has addressesd the statement on social media:
Forstadt and Lapp have since filed a complaint. They are not the first LGBTQ people to have issues with Southwest, despite the company having sections of their website dedicated to LGBTQ outreach and travel.
Analynne McCord heard the story of Lapp and Forstadt and decided to speak out:
“Please, don’t allow your company to promote the hate that destroys the pure innocence of the love of a child," pleaded McCord in her emotional statement.