DALLAS — It’s no secret some people discriminate against skin color, size, or even age. But… what about beards?
Well, Mark French found himself in a hairy situation when he tried to board an Alaska Airlines flight at DFW Airport Wednesday night. He claims he couldn’t board his flight because a passenger complained he looked “Arabic and scary” — that’s according to his sister’s Facebook post:
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French told NewsFix he was on a business call in the waiting area when a woman told him to put his phone away.
Before he knew it, he claims he was approached by security, and informed he couldn’t fly until he was clean shaven.
Here’s a pic of the “beard” that got him banned:
Alaska Airlines sent NewsFix a statement saying:
“We want to assure you that ethnicity did not play a part in this situation. The passenger was deemed unfit to fly at that time but was rebooked for a flight today to his destination. There is more to the story, but per our company policy we do not share details about our passengers.”
French says he did get a call from the airlines’ customer support with an offer to let him re-book his return flight at the same price. But French feels that doesn’t make up for the humiliation of being targeted as a terrorist because he didn’t shave.
Funny thing is… Do guys with beards fly all the time on Alaska Airlines? Just check out their logo: