Airline ‘looking into’ Lena Dunham’s accusations


Posted on: August 3rd, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Daniel Slim / Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Lena Dunham is calling out American Airlines after the actress claimed to have overheard two apparent employees engaged in “transphobic talk.”

The “Girls” creator said her flight on another airline was delayed for hours Wednesday at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Dunham, 31, wrote that the “worst part of this night” waiting at the airport came when she overheard two American Airlines’ “attendants having a transphobic talk.”

“At this moment in history we should be teaching our employees about love and inclusivity @AmericanAir,” she added in a subsequent tweet. “That was worst part of this night.”

Dunham then seemingly posted a screenshot of a direct message conversation she said she’d had with the airline.

 

Well this night just keeps evolving pic.twitter.com/gYfXadYBUH

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 3, 2017

In the message, the actress goes into further detail about what she claims to have overheard, writing that they were “talking about how trans kids are a trend they’d never accept a trans child and transness is gross.”

“I think it reflects badly on uniformed employees of your company to have that kind of dialogue going on,” Dunham continued. “What if a trans teen was walking behind them? Awareness starts at home but jobs can set standards of practice. Thanks for your consideration!”

In another screenshot, American Airlines appears to have replied, writing that they’re “passing this along to our team to review.”

#acrossfromthewinebar pic.twitter.com/53kvyInQyZ

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 3, 2017

In a statement to ABC News, American Airlines confirmed that an investigation is taking place.

“We are looking into these allegations,” the statement began. “From the team members we hire to the customers we serve, inclusion and diversity is a way of life at American Airlines. Every day, our team members work to make American a place where people of all generations, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religious affiliations and backgrounds feel welcome and valued.”

A rep for Dunham told ABC News the actress has no additional comment.

Still, Dunham did take to Twitter again on Thursday to explain the main reason for sharing the story.

“For those who followed my airport saga yesterday, here’s my takeaway: these days it’s the little things. A smile. Offering a seat. Respect,” she wrote. “We can’t afford to treat each other like cattle when we have a government that does. Being trapped at the airport filled me with love!”

 

 

For those who followed my airport saga yesterday, here’s my takeaway: these days it’s the little things. A smile. Offering a seat. Respect.

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 3, 2017

 

 

We can’t afford to treat each other like cattle when we have a government that does. Being trapped at the airport filled me with love!

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 3, 2017

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