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Lesbian Travel Guide - Part 2

Flying with a same-sex partner

Happy FlyingHappy FlyingTravel loses appeal when it's governed by antiquated Victorian values. I read a story on MSN and it makes me furious. The author wrote, "On a plane, rarely have we done anything more than hold hands, which has spurred flight attendant reactions ranging from raised-eyebrows to requests that we stop our ‘immoral' behavior."

To avoid a disappointment, frustration and maybe disaster, pick an airline known for their anti-discrimination policies. If something does go wrong onboard, stay calm and demand resolution when you reach ground level.

American Airlines

American Airlines dedicates online and print ads to the gay and lesbian travel crowd. They're also the official airline of Rosie O'Donnell's tour company, but do they practice what they preach?

The NY Times reported that a flight attendant told two men who were canoodling to quit it. The men say they were doing nothing wrong.

After touchdown the airline investigation ruled in favor of their crew.

According to the spokesman, "Our passengers need to recognize that they are in an environment with all ages, backgrounds, creeds, and races. We have an obligation to make as many of them feel as comfortable as possible."

I'll trust their judgment, if cuddling is banned for all couples, straight or gay.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest hosts an online directory for the gay and lesbian community, and I love that it goes beyond flights. They feature travel articles, destination suggestions, and links to their diversity policy. It looks perfect for planning a last minute getaway. Way to go, Southwest!

US Airways

Sometimes advertisers are just in it for the money, which is why I respect US Airways' decision not to market specifically to the gay community. Their policies regarding diversity and acceptance are outstanding. They just choose not to brag about it.

Would you refuse to fly an airline with archaic values? What if they had the cheapest ticket?

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