Airline Faces Backlash After Actress Pens Open Letter On Gay Couple Who Was Refused Family Boarding On Flight

“Please, don’t allow your company to promote the hate that destroys the pure innocence of the love of a child."

By Eric Shorey

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:

#OPENLETTER to @southwestair Dear Southwest Airlines, Have you ever felt bullied? Have you ever been picked on? Have you ever been rejected? The one who got left out because for some reason to another person you didn't measure up; you did not belong? A couple of days ago, the young girls in this photo were made to feel just that by individuals who wear your logo and represent your company. It was their first flight ever and they were so excited to join their Daddies on a family trip. Only your employees made it clear that these beautiful little girls and their fathers were not in fact “family.” And when it came time for "Family Boarding" these little girls were shown what has caused the detriment in our world; hate. They were not allowed to board with the other families and had to watch as their fathers were told that they didn't count as family. Love is what these wonderful little girls have for their Dads. Love does not separate, it unites. So, I would just like to ask you 'why'? Why would your company representatives (the desk agents boarding the plane on behalf of your corporation) believe that it is okay to reject these little girls’ love for their fathers, making them feel that they are not good enough? That their family should be left out? Is that not a form of bullying? Is that not a form of hate? I certainly wouldn't call it love. I implore you, as a company that seeks to provide a happy experience for all of its customers, to hire individuals who despise hate, not love; who embrace difference, not look down on it. Please, don't allow your company to promote the hate that destroys the pure innocence of the love of a child. With an Absolutely Broken Heart, AnnaLynne McCord

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“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.

[Photo: Twitter]

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