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Texas Gov. Celebrates Signing Antigay Legislation With Chick-fil-A
Last month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed what was dubbed the essentially anti-LGBTQ "Save Chick-fil-A" bill into law. If it weren’t enough that Abbott signed the bill over a month ago, late last week he thumbed his nose at LGBTQ people even more and participated in a TV ceremony celebrating the bill’s signing while he and his team were surrounded by Chick-fil-A food and beverages. He then tweeted the moment out to his supporters.
“No business should be discriminated against simply because its owners donate to a church, the Salvation Army, or other religious organization,” Abbott said.
“No business should lose a government contract because of their religious beliefs. The save Chick-fil-A legislation that I’m about to sign is a victory for religious freedom in Texas.”
Dominican man launches legal case against country’s anti-gay laws
Man who threatened to kill kids & gays at San Diego Pride is also a repeat bank robber
Getting on a plane destined for a tourist trap will not reward you happiness...but staying home and dealing with your shit might. 21-Jul-2019
PLANE SECURITY DRAG MAN FROM HIS SEAT IN SHOCKING VIDEO
An airline which authorised dragging a passenger from his seat has defended its actions, saying it was just following European safety regulations.
In footage filmed onboard a Tarom flight from Bucharest to Cairo, a man is seen being forcibly removed from his seat by three airport security staff.
Passenger Viorica Hagagg, who was onboard flight RO0101, filmed the incident and posted the video on Facebook.
She said that the man’s wife, who was sitting in an emergency exit row, was asked to leave the aircraft. She couldn’t speak English or Romanian, and therefore couldn’t understand the emergency procedures.
What to Ask For When You're Bumped From a Flight
Last year, a passenger on United was given $10,000 in travel credit for volunteering to be bumped from her flight. While it’s very unlikely you’d receive the same amount if you agree to volunteer, it’s important you know what you’re entitled to.
While the odds of being involuntarily bumped from your flight are pretty slim these days, it’s still possible. It’s much more likely airlines will voluntarily bump passengers on overbooked flights, luring them with compensation in exchange for their seat.
If you’re standing at a gate and an attendant offers compensation, it’s important you know how much cash you’re entitled to. Technically, under regulations by the Department of Transportation, there is no limit to the amount of cash an airline can offer a passenger who volunteers to be bumped; some airlines like Delta and United have allowed gate agents to give out up to $10,000 and $9,950 in travel credits, respectively. (To reiterate, however: It’s very unlikely.)
A YouTuber could face criminal charges after a picture he posted of a handwritten in-flight menu on Indonesia's flagship airline went viral
A YouTuber could face criminal charges after his photo of a handwritten menu from his flight on Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia's flagship airline, was mocked online.
Rius Vernandes, who has 121,000 followers on Instagram and 500,000 subscribers on YouTube and often reviews flights, shared the image of the menu on his business-class flight on Saturday with the caption "The menu is still being printed sir," The Guardian reported.
The menu, written on a white piece of paper, showed options including beef steak and crème brûlée.
Georgia man dies in Dominican Republic, bringing US death toll to at least 10
A Georgia man died in the Dominican Republic in March, adding to the list of U.S. tourists who have passed away in the Caribbean vacation destination this year.
In a statement sent Tuesday, the State Department confirmed to USA TODAY that an American citizen died there in March.
ABC News and Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV 2 report Tracy Jerome Jester Jr., 31, of Forsyth, Georgia, died on March 17 while vacationing with his sister, according to his mother, Melody Moore.
Moore told ABC she spoke to her son the night before he died and that he noted he drank a soda that tasted odd. The next day, her daughter called to say he was vomiting and complaining he couldn’t breathe.
Delaware woman who says she was brutally beaten in the Dominican Republic sues resort for $3 million
Riz Ahmed says he was blocked from boarding plane to 'Star Wars' convention due to race
Riz Ahmed is opening up about his experiences with discrimination — including a time when he says Homeland Security blocked him from boarding a plane on his way to a "Star Wars" convention in Chicago.
Ahmed, who is of Pakistani descent, said that due to his race he's typically stopped and searched at airports. He said airport security guards have swabbed him for explosives, then requested selfies or start rapping his lyrics.
Airline Passengers Horrified As Bugs Fall From Overhead Compartments Before Takeoff
Passengers on board an Air Transat Canada airline were horrified after an army of bugs fell out of the overhead compartments of the plane. According to reports, the incident took place when the plane was about to take off from London Gatwick to Vancouver on Wednesday.
One passenger said dozens of cockroach-type insects fell into screaming flyers, while many were seen scattered along the aisle of the Boeing A300. Flight attendants reportedly told the passengers to squash them.
"A bug fell right down by my seat and another landed in the lap of the man next to me. The flight attendant told him to squash it. It was disgusting," Jenna Sullivan, 25, told U.K.'s Daily Mail. "Most of the bugs seem to be at the back of the plane, but others on board said they saw them running up the main aisle."
Air Canada Passenger Wakes Up Locked in Empty, Dark Plane After Falling Asleep Mid-Flight
A passenger who was getting some shut eye on a recent Air Canada flight woke up to find herself in a nightmare scenario.
Tiffani O’Brien was traveling from Quebec City to Toronto after a weekend trip, when she fell asleep mid-flight. When she woke up hours later still buckled in her seat, she says she was completely alone and the plane was “freezing cold” and “pitch black,” according to a Facebook post shared by a woman who identifies herself as O’Brien’s friend.
After deaths, more tourists to Dominican Republic say they were stricken with illness
Southwest passenger 'bombarded by inappropriate photos' from stranger on her flight
Kat Pitman was settling into her aisle seat on a Southwest Airlines flight from Louisville to Chicago Friday morning, texting her husband, when her iPhone buzzed.
She looked down to see an AirDrop request. Someone whose name she didn't recognize was sending her a pornographic image.
"It was just very explicit. It just shocked me,'' the 40-year-old frequent flyer said in an interview with USA TODAY.
Pitman immediately turned off AirDrop, an Apple feature that allows people to wirelessly send photos, videos and documents to nearby phones and computers using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, but quickly turned it back on to take a screenshot of the sender's name. She instantly received two more AirDrop requests, with a video and another graphic photo.
Taxi driver in South Korea goes to jail for blackmailing gay passengers
A court in South Korea this week sentenced a taxi driver to 16 months in prison for blackmailing gay passengers.
According to a Seoul Central District ruling, Lee Ji-heon picked up drunk, homosexual passengers from the capital’s gay district Jongno 3-ga and convinced them to touch his genitals.
‘These days, I’m curious [about men]’ he would reportedly tell passengers after luring them to get sit beside him in the front passenger seat.
Gay Star News
This is why America's travel business is worried
Foreign travelers to the United States bring billions of dollars into the economy each year. But that flow of people and money now appears to be at risk.
Last year set a record for tourism: 78.6 million foreign travelers came to the United States in 2018. But following that banner year, tourism is now in a slump. Travel in early 2019 is in decline, particularly from Canada, Mexico, China and South Korea. That slowdown started taking place in the second half of last year.
The travel industry is worried about how severe, and long lasting, that decline could be.
Tourism is a serious economic driver for the American economy. The United States enjoyed a $69 billion surplus on international travel last year, reducing the country's overall trade deficit by 11%, according to Tori Barnes, executive vice president of the US Travel Association, the industry trade group. On average,foreign travelers spend $4,000 each on visits to the United States. Chinese tourists spend about $7,000.
"It's a really significant economic impact," said Barnes.
Companies that rely on foreign tourism are starting to feel the decline in travel: For example, Tiffany's reported disappointing sales this week, in part because of a drop in purchases by foreign tourists at its US stores.
American Airlines responds to rapper Boosie's profane rant after missing flight
Another tourist dies in Dominican Republic
Ask the Captain: Is it OK to rat out passengers for phone use during takeoff and landing?
Question: Why don’t airlines stress strongly to leave overhead bins closed during emergency evacuations? I noticed some people on the recent crash in Russia that people delayed the evacuation and most likely caused deaths. I've also seen videos showing people running away from crash site with their carry-on luggage. No luggage is worth losing lives over.
– Dan O, Massachusetts
Answer: Passengers who attempt to retrieve overhead luggage during and evacuation put themselves at risk and others at risk.
Chanel Scurlock Is the Fifth Black Trans Woman Killed in the Last Month
The body of 23-year-old Chanel Scurlock was found in a field in Lumberton, North Carolina, just after midnight on Wednesday. She is at least the ninth Black trans woman killed in the U.S. in 2019, and the fifth killed in the past month, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
Police found Scurlock, who lived in Lumber Bridge, N.C., with fatal gunshot wounds after responding to reports of gunfire in the area. They have yet to identify a suspect, though Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins told The Robesonian, a local paper, that police have "great leads.
Lesbian couple viciously beaten in homophobic attack on London bus
Court convicts 3 Germans of beating gay man to death
Detroit man charged with killing 3 people in LGBTQ community
Manager of Dallas Gay Bar Fired for Refusing to Serve Transgender Woman
GOOGLE’S LGBTQ EMPLOYEES ARE FURIOUS ABOUT YOUTUBE’S POLICY DISASTERS