Delta Airlines is apologizing for a Florida boarding pass that read “H8GAYS.”
Jeff White, a student at the University of West Florida, says the confirmation code for his flight from Pensacola to Albany, N.Y., actually read “H8GAYS.”
“At first I didn’t think I read it right,” White told The Washington Post.
“I was worried that another customer might think I somehow picked that code,” he explained. “If I were a gay male, I might have thought that a Delta worker purposely gave me that code, and that would have made me extremely uncomfortable.”
Delta later apologized for “concern or misunderstanding” the code may have caused.
“These confirmation codes are computer-generated and are completely random,” said Delta spokesman Russell Cason. “We will make every effort to ensure that a similar combination does not occur in the future.”
White said he thought it was strange that the airline hasn’t already blocked the code, along with any other offensive combination, from the code generator.
“I’m an IT major, and what surprises me is that they didn’t block [the confirmation code] as a possibility of the string of random numbers and letters in the software they use to generate,” he said. “I’m sure they removed many four-letter words that would be seen as offensive. I’m surprised that ‘gays’ and ‘H8’ weren’t blocked as well.”
Airlines aren't known for tolerating offensive language.
A woman was ordered off an American Airlines flight in 2012 for wearing a t-shirt that said "If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d f--- a senator."
The woman said when her flight landed in Washington D.C. she was told the pilot wanted to speak to her. She allegedly was repirmanded by the pilot, ordered to get off the plane, and missed her connecting flight all because "the shirt I was wearing was offensive."
The woman, who was not identified, was on her way home from a pro-choice conference.