Joe Biden supporter told to cover up sign ‘offending’ passengers in US airport row
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Jenny Grondahl was boarding her Southwest Airlines flight travelling from Phoenix to San Diego with a sign reading “Arizonenses Con Biden.” Ms Grondahl said that, when she arrived at the gate, a Southwest Airlines agent told her: “Many customers are offended by your sign.”
The agent asked her to either cover it up with white paper and tape or to fold it and put it underneath her seat.
The sign had been created as a memento of her voluntary work in Arizona for the election.
She told the Washington Post: “I’m looking around at the gate, and I’m thinking, how many of you was it — 20 out of 110 people?
“And how offended were you? What did you say?”
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She told the Washington Post about the importance of her sign. Ms Grondahl said: “I worked very hard to register Latino voters. … And Latinos showed up, Arizona went blue.”
Ms Grondahl also asked what they would have done if she was wearing a pro-Biden t-shirt, if this was the case she was told she would have been required to turn the t-shirt inside out.
SouthWest Airlines have not said how their policy works for this specific incident.
Their spokesman Dan Landson told the Post: “We pride ourselves on providing a welcoming, comfortable, and safe environment for all Customers and Employees regardless of political beliefs.
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He added: “We’re in conversations with the customer to address her concerns and we hope to welcome her back on a future Southwest flight.”
Jennifer Grondahl currently serves on the executive board of Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), where she represents workers in Arizona and California.
Airlines have a contract of carriage which passengers agree to when buying a ticket.
South West and JetBlue say clothing should not be ““lewd, obscene, or patently offensive.”
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