Unfortunately, homophobia does still exist and with the airline industry having such a large gay community, it is no surprise that it still remains prevalent in the confines of an aircraft. I spoke to some airline colleagues and asked if they had experienced any homophobia during their time in aviation. Many said they had never suffered or witnessed any abuse. Others shocked me with tales of both physical and verbal attacks. By simply typing in the words homophobia and flight attendant into an internet search engine, I was stunned by the number of widely reported cases even today, of homophobia in the aviation industry.
Passengers are often the worse. Often, when you get a group of young lads onboard there will be some derogatory comments aimed at the male crew. Even my straight colleagues have told me of times where a homophobic comment has been made towards them, further highlighting how all male crew are often tarred with the same brush.
She was subsequently offloaded from the flight, taking her very embarrassed husband and unsuspecting children with her.
Sometimes, the homophobic attacks can be so severe that the passengers involved end up in court and these incidents are widely reported in the press. In a flight from Manchester to the Dominican Republic had to divert to Bermuda after three passengers became drunk and traded homophobic abuse with the male cabin crew.
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One was later charged by British police, while a second man involved was deported back to the UK. In , Merseyside man John Hawkins 32, was jailed for eight months after his homophobic tirade on a Thomas Cook flight from Manchester to the Canary Islands. Later that year, Thomas Delaney , 40, was sentenced to a 12 months community order and hours of unpaid work after he made numerous homophobic slurs towards two male easyJet cabin crew on a flight to Alicante. And in March , Thomas Sleigh , 45, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a Ryanair cabin crew member during a trip from Murcia to Manchester.
He was also given a five-year notification requirement, which meant he must continue to register his details to the police and inform them of any changes of circumstances. And what about our airline colleagues? I was shocked to hear the number of homophobic incidents from fellow cabin crew and pilots. Many crew, from various airlines around the world, told me of captains and first officers who made it very clear that they do not like gay crew.
Stories emerged from night stops, including one incident where the gay crew were excluded from invites to dinner and a room party. When he reported this to the purser she just laughed and said that it was just how this captain was. Another reported homophobic incident occurred when a crew member brought his boyfriend along one of his trips. In , an audio recording from a Southwest Airlines captain was leaked to the press and made headlines around the world. The homophobic rant about his cabin crew colleagues was accidentally broadcast over an air traffic control channel and was heard by various other aircraft.
The pilot was later re-instated after completing a diversity course. What also saddened me during my research, was the number of homosexual First Officers who spoke of their fear of being openly gay, for fear of a back-lash from their flight deck colleagues. Numerous First Officers told me they believed if they were openly gay onboard, they would be treated differently by many of the captains they have to fly with. This just further highlights the stereotype, when even some of our own colleagues believe this image.
realsport.cl/wp-includes/2019-09-05/2697-buscar-chicas.php Airlines themselves can also be in the firing line for homophobic slurs towards their passengers. Southwest Airlines was involved in another incident in , after actress Leisha Hailey was offloaded by the cabin crew for kissing her girlfriend, apparently upsetting the passengers around them. British Airways had a similar situation, after a gay couple travelling to London from Cape Town were reprimanded by the crew for kissing each other good morning. And in BA made the headlines once again, when a passenger was threatened with offloading by the cabin crew after he was asked to stop holding hands with the man he was sat next to.
For some, the physical and emotional bullying became so severe that they left their careers in aviation completely. Once there, a number of these men tried to initiate sex with him.
When he refused, some became violent and threatened him. Thankfully he returned to base unharmed and later went on to report the crew who were subsequently fired. But stories of rape and sexual assaults have emerged over the years, especially during the early days of flying, when crew were forced to share rooms with their flight attendant colleagues. Sadly, most of these incidents went unreported for fear of their own reprisals, as homosexuality was still illegal.
Even today, the image remains that most male cabin crew are gay and that this has always been the norm. This is often portrayed in the media, with overtly camp and larger than life male crew appearing in films and TV shows. What many people today fail to realise, is that there have been numerous battles for equality and against homophobia over the years; battles that so many of our former male cabin crew, gay and straight have fought with governments, passengers, fellow crew and airline executives to make the industry such an accepting place for gay men.
I know so many homosexual trolley dollies, myself included, who started their careers in the closet. It was only working in an environment where being gay is so widely acceptable, that allowed us the freedom to finally come out. I hope from this article you can see that it was not. Congratulations, very well written.
Lose the Matt Lucas photocaption though.
Couple of people have commented it is much better than that image might suggest. Really interesting article.
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