The FAA Thinks Airports Are Discriminating Against Chick-fil-a?

Photo by Elvert Barnes

Photo by Elvert Barnes

Photo by Mark Turnauckas

Photo by Mark Turnauckas

When I first heard that Chick-fil-A was being investigated by the FAA, two things came to mind:

  1. Chickens can’t fly!

  2. I guess they did some weird shit on a plane.

I was wrong on both counts. After Chick-fil-A attempted to appease the LGBTQ community by saying they definitely aren’t homophobic, their taxes come out and show that they have never stopped donating to anti-LGBTQ groups. This leads to outrage, and outrage leads to them getting booted from an airport or two.

Now Trump’s FAA is probing whether or not bigotry is protected under the first amendment’s freedom of religion clause. Honestly, it sounds about right.

“FAA’s Office of Civil Rights has notified the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) and Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) that it has opened investigations into these complaints,” the FAA’s admin said in a statement. “The FAA notes that Federal requirements prohibit airport operators from excluding persons on the basis of religious creed from participating in airport activities that receive or benefit from FAA grant funding.”