Dear Aeroflot: YOU SUCK!

I knew that things weren’t all that good for gays and lesbians in Russia, but I didn’t know it was this bad.  In 2011, a gay male flight attendant started a GLBT organization for Aeroflot in response to the denigration of gays and lesbians in Russia, as well as at Aeroflot.

What did Aeroflot do in response?  They gave the man an ultimatum: Either get married to a woman, or lose your job.

What the frick, Aeroflot?

I know that I’m not in the Russian Federation, and honestly will probably never fly Aeroflot.  But I also know that Aeroflot is part of the SkyTeam Alliance.  Hey Delta, Air France/KLM?  Do you want to be associated with these people?  If you want to keep your business with the GLBT community in the United States and Europe, how about you dissolve your partnership with Aeroflot?  I know that I’m personally more apt to work with companies that support GLBT causes, and shun companies that either support or turn a blind eye to the abuse of minorities.

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Okay, this is weird

Have you seen the new Bud Light beer commercial with the airplane crash survivors?  You can find it on Youtube if you want to watch it.  Anyway, we were watching television the other night and this commercial comes on.  I immediately pause the TiVo so I can look at the tail of the crashed plane, sitting there in the water.  Here’s what it looks like:

I thought, “Why in the hell did they use an Air France plane for this commercial? I mean hell, it LOOKS like an Air France plane, at least the tail. Take a look at this image of an actual Air France tail.

Okay, so they’re different in these two pictures.  But looking at it on the television for the 1.5 seconds it is on the screen, it makes me think of a downed Air France jet.  And with the recent mysterious downing of the Air France Airbus A330, that doesn’t help any.  Plus, one of the most common images of that flight is the remains of the tail of the aircraft being pulled from the sea.

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Air France/KLM: Profits & Convenience Before People

This is the kind of thing that really pisses me off.  Every day we get on airplanes, and we have professionals around us for our safety.  Flight Attendants aren’t there to serve you beer and soda; they are there for your SAFETY.  Don’t think so?  Listen to cabin crew talk about some of the incidents and accidents they have been in; it will make your skin crawl.  So why would an airline put their own people at safety?  It makes no sense.

What I’m talking about is the decision by KLM (parent company is Air France/KLM; one of the largest airline companies in the world) and how they have told their gay employees that they can NOT skip out of going to Iran.  Previously KLM has allowed female employees to avoid working on flights to Iran, because “unpleasant things happened to them there”.  Excuse me?  Yes, women face discrimination throughout the entire Middle East.  But HELLO!  When gay people are found in Iran, they are PUBLICLY HANGED.  Don’t believe me?  Click here.  It’s disgusting.  Hell, Iran sentenced one reporter for a PICTURE of their leader being printed that made Ahmadinejad appear to be gay.

KLM, put your PEOPLE before your profits and convenience.  If you don’t, you will have your own employees blood on your hands!

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