United Airlines has apologised for accusing a gay dad of having his hand “too close” to his son’s genitals. The airline detained Henry Amador-Batten, 52, for about an hour after a flight attendant made the allegation, which Henry called “dangerous and hurtful”.
His husband Joel described on Facebook how Henry and their five-year-old son Ben were flying back from Puerto Rico, where Henry was dealing with his father’s quick decline and death.
Joell said that “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 genitals.’”
This led to Henry “being made to feel like a criminal in front of other passengers as they exited the plane” before Henry was then detained, Joel said.
“This is not how anyone deserves to be treated. This is not something that should have happened in front of my son,” he added.
“This is not something that anyone should have to worry about happening to them on a flight just because someone might not like the looks of them.
“My husband and I are parents. We are foster parents. We are in the process of adopting our second son,” Joel continued.
Henry said that “the treatment by both the flight attendant and the captain were absolutely mean-spirited and completely unacceptable,” and revealed he intended to sue United. PINK NEWS