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Aussie Airline Apologizes After Publicly Shaming Passenger With Homophobic Vandalism! Disturbing Deets HERE!

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Wow! We can't believe this actually happened!

An unidentified Australian man flew into Perth over the weekend, but when he picked up his luggage at baggage claim he found it had been, uh, modified.

Someone, presumably a Jetstar Airlines baggage handler, had covered his luggage in stickers to spell out the phrase "I AM GAY" (above)!

Whoa!!! What?! Who does that? First of all, it's not even an insult (though we're pretty sure it was ignorantly intended as one). Secondly, what an unfortunate and distasteful violation of a person's privacy!

He tweeted a picture of the luggage and later posted a heartfelt blog about his experience rolling the luggage through the airport, the focus of everyone's attention.

Regardless of the man's sexual orientation — as it turns out, he's straight — an attempt to publicly shame him on those grounds is so friggin' uncool!

The airline hasn't denied their involvement; in fact, they apologized. A Jetstar rep revealed:

"We are taking this matter very seriously and we have contacted the passenger to apologise for any distress caused,"

This is the unidentified father's original tweet:

Ugh! Who would do that?!

He also wrote this insightful blog post:

"I … thought I had thick enough skin to ignore the leering. … As I dragged the case through the terminal, I looked back at the people I had passed and they too looked at me differently. My luggage was a scarlet letter.
I am a white heterosexual male. This trifecta of privilege means that I'm not routinely subjected to prejudice. But for a few minutes I got to walk in the shoes of a gay person in a public place. … I was degraded. I was shamed. I was humiliated.

For me, this was only a few minutes of one day of my life. If what I felt for those few minutes is extrapolated out every day over a lifetime, then I can fully understand why our gay friends feel persecuted and why they have such high rates of suicide. It is unacceptable."

Wow!! This dude certainly handled this unfortunate situation in the most mature and inspired way possible! Kudos to him!

Hopefully the airline throws him a bunch of free plane tickets for his troubles!

[Image via Twitter & Jetstar.]

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10 comments to “Aussie Airline Apologizes After Publicly Shaming Passenger With Homophobic Vandalism! Disturbing Deets HERE!”

  1. thebigboot says – reply to this


    1

    Screw comping him. No one knows who did it, but we're supposed to take the guy's statement as gospel?

  2. Dngalng says – reply to this


    2

    Why didn't he just take the stickers off before he "dragged the case thru the terminal"?

  3. says who says – reply to this


    3

    Well someone had best be fired. If they don't fire the lowly baggage handlers they had best fire someone in management! There also needs to be some money donations to some LGBT organizations and this man should indeed be comped some money for this.

    On the other hand if his eyes are now open to the humiliation that others have to go through perhaps he will now be a strong ally to LGBT people too.

  4. mr pete says – reply to this


    4

    This is bull shit, I believe this one as much as I believed when fat ass Oprah said the sales clerk insulted her because she was black
    Today all bags are watched on camera from the time you check it in, until it reaches the carousel
    If the bag had that message done with stickers, why not just peel them off before parading your money hungry greedy ass through a terminal



  5. 5

    I'm sure everyone knew the owner was queer anyway.



  6. 6

    Re: shaygirl1309 – ???

    You just read in the article that it was a straight father, right? Didn't you?

  7. Jimmy says – reply to this


    7

    Pretty sure it's a joke by the baggage handlers! They wouldn't know whose bag it was and just put them on for sh#ts and giggles!



  8. 8

    Uh, you just pull at one end. And then you do it to the next one, and in like five minutes YOU ARE NO LONGER GAY. Geez.

  9. Roy says – reply to this


    9

    Did they find out if he was a dick to the check-in people at the other end? And yeah - why would you not just peel the stickers off? Not gay but not smart either.



  10. 10

    Re: DngalngRe: IzzyLizzyRe: Roy – EXACTLY!!! What stopped him from removing the STICKERS from his luggage if he was so degraded and embarassed!!!! Not like it was painted on there! Something is fishy….