Ansett var i mange år Australias nest største flyselskap, helt til det gikk konkurs og forsvant i 2001 (og banet veien for Virgin Blue). Men, før Ansett forsvant klarte selskapet å få verdensomspennende medieoppmerksomhet rundt en episode som skal ha skjedd på et innenriksfly, gjengitt under. Jeg skulle gitt mye for å ha vært flue på flyveggen på den flighten….
It’s been reported that an employee for Ansett Australia (Airlines) who happened to have the last name of Gay(e?) got on a plane recently using the company’s ‘Free Flight’ offer for staff. However, when Mr. Gay tried to take his seat he found it being occupied by a fare paying passenger. So, not to make a fuss he simply chose another seat. Unknown to Mr. Gay, another Ansett flight at the airport experienced mechanical problems. The passengers of this flight were being re-routed to various other airplanes. A few were put on Mr. Gay’s flight and anyone who was holding a ‘Free’ ticket was being bumped. Ansett officials, armed with a list of these freebee ticket holders boarded the plane, as is the practice, to remove them in favor of fare paying passengers. Of course, our Mr. Gay was not sitting in his assigned seat, as you remember. So, when the ticket agent approached the seat where Mr. Gay was supposed to be sitting she asked the startled customer “Are you Gay?” The man shyly nodded that he was, at which point she demanded “Then you have to get off this plane.” Mr. Gay, overhearing what the agent had said, tried to clear up the situation: “You’ve got the wrong man. I’m Gay!” This caused an angry third passenger to yell “Hell, I’m gay too! They can’t kick us all off!” Confusion reined as more and more passengers began yelling that Ansett had no right to remove gays from their flights.
It is reported that Ansett have refused to comment on the incident.