Gay dad accused of touching son’s genitals in latest United Airlines scandal
United Airlines has issued yet another public apology for mistreating a customer. This time, the airline said sorry to a gay father accused of having his hand “too close” to his son's genitals by a flight attendant.
Passenger Henry Amador-Batten was accused of inappropriately touching his son on a flight from Puerto Rico on May 19, and was detained at North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham International Airport for about an hour after the incident.
United has suffered a number of high profile public relations catastrophes in recent months beginning with a video which surfaced online of a bloodied passenger being dragged off the plane by law enforcement.
The incident caused a dramatic, but short lived, slide in the airline’s share price, dragged public confidence to all-time lows and sparked a social media backlash.
In this latest incident, Amador-Batten was returning from the US territory after visiting his sick father who passed away during the visit. He has responded to United’s apology saying it doesn’t make up for the trauma caused by the incident.
“Families like ours that are built by choice and by love are fragile families,” The Durham Herald Sun reports the 52-year-old as saying. “It doesn’t take more than an allegation like this to involve an agency that comes and takes your child,” he added.
“My husband was detained after disembarking because a member of the flight crew made an accusation that my husband's hand/arm laying across my sleeping son's lap was too close to the 'child's genitalia'."