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Airport Intercom Hates Gay People, Loves Bible

Anthony Niedwiecki and Waymon Hudson got an earful after arriving to Fort Lauderdale last week. While waiting for their luggage, the couple of six of years heard what sounded like a Biblical condemnation of homosexuality. Shocked and a bit confused, they boys thought they had imagined it. Until the message played again. South Florida’s NBC6 reports:

A gay couple is asking for an investigation after they claim they heard threatening comments announced over the intercom system at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

“My partner said, ‘Did you hear that?’ And I said, ‘I kind of think I did,’” said Anthony Niedwiecki. “Then about two minutes later we heard it again. ‘A man who lies with a man as if he were lying with a woman shall be subject to death.’”

“It was almost so threatening that I was frightened,” said Waymon Hudson, Niedwiecki’s partner.

Certainly not the kind of talk one would expect from a public airport.

Niedwiecki tells Towleroad:

…We called the airport and after five call transfers (including the sheriff’s department), we got an airport manager. He seemed disinterested and more interested in the exact bible verse than taking care of the problem. He simply said ‘sorry for the inconvenience.’ I sent an email to United/Ted (our airline) because I could not get anyone on the phone. I was told by some person at the airport (during my ‘phone shuffle’ yesterday afternoon) that only airline employees have access to the intercom.

..As of today, I have not heard back from the airport or United. NBC6 news, our local channel, aired a story about this yesterday and today. The airport spokesperson said that anyone could have made the comments, which should give us all pause in a time of terrorism (anyone can use the PA system of an airport?).

Indeed. The fact that airport security can’t regulate who’s roaming about the airport’s back corridors is far scarier than some nutter spouting Biblical verse.

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           May 3, 2007
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    • mit186

      There needs to be an investigation into this.

      Queerty Editors: Can you please write an update that includes information on who we can call? The airport/airline/city needs some pressure from the gay community.

      May 3, 2007 at 2:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dawster

      oh great… i’m flying out of Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport to New York tomorrow….

      it was probably someone at the gate using the damn P.A. system. i’ll look for them tomorrow…. (lol).

      May 3, 2007 at 4:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • cjc

      The Community Outreach Office at the airport is at 954-359-6977.

      The Public Information Office is at 954-359-6116. Fax is (954) 359-0027. The PIO is Greg Meyer and his e-mail is gmeyer@broward.org.

      The airport is accountable to the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. A handy comment form is available at http://www.broward.org/comments.htm.

      A list of contact information for the mayor and all of the county commissioners is available at http://www.broward.org/publicinfo/broward_govt.htm, but here’s the list:

      2006-2007 Mayor
      District 9 Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion, Jr. (D)
      Phone: 954-357-7009
      FAX: 954-357-5707

      District 9 Satellite Office:
      Sadkin Center
      1176 N.W. 42nd Way, Second Floor
      Lauderhill, FL 33313
      Monday through Friday
      9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      2006-2007 Vice Mayor
      District 5 Commissioner Lois Wexler (D)
      Phone: 954-357-7005
      FAX: 954-357-7044

      District 5 Satellite Office:
      9090 S.W. 50th Place
      Cooper City, FL 33328
      Phone: 954-680-0008
      By appointment

      District 1 Commissioner Ilene Lieberman (D)
      Phone: 954-357-7001
      FAX: 954-357-7295

      District 1 Satellite Office:
      Margate City Hall
      5790 Margate Blvd., 2nd Floor
      Margate, FL 33063
      Phone: 954-935-5387
      By appointment

      District 2 Commissioner Kristin Jacobs (D)
      Phone: 954-357-7002
      FAX: 954-523-3302

      District 3 Commissioner Stacy Ritter (D)
      Phone: 954-357-7003
      FAX: 954-357-7319

      District 3 Satellite Office:
      Coral Springs, FL 33065
      By appointment

      District 4 Commissioner Ken Keechl (D)
      Phone: 954-357-7004
      FAX: 954-357-7798

      District 4 Satellite Office:
      Oakland Park City Hall
      3650 N.E. 12th Ave.
      Oakland Park, FL 33334
      Phone: 954-537-2890
      FAX: 954-537-2892
      Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      District 6 Commissioner Sue Gunzburger (D)
      Phone: 954-357-7006
      FAX: 954-357-7129

      District 6 Satellite Offices:
      3550 Hollywood Blvd., Room 150
      Hollywood, FL 33021
      By appointment

      Pembroke Pines City Hall
      10100 Pines Blvd.,
      Building B, Third Floor
      Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
      Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      District 7 Commissioner John E. Rodstrom, Jr. (D)
      FAX: 954-357-8088

      District 8 Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin (D)
      Phone: 954-357-7008
      FAX: 954-357-5704

      District 8 Satellite Office:
      Pembroke Pines City Hall
      10100 Pines Blvd., Bldg. B,
      Second Floor
      Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

      May 3, 2007 at 4:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mike

      what’s sad is that broward county ( ft laudedale) has the largest gay per cappa in USA ( i believe ) as well #1 gay tourist destination because of the fab beaches & gay night life … go figure

      May 3, 2007 at 5:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nancy Davis
      Nancy Davis

      I am applaud over this! No one should be put through this, gay or straight. What people do with their lives are private. Sounds like some republican with a hateful heart!

      May 3, 2007 at 6:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dizzyspins

      I applaud Nancy Davis’ sentiment, but I think she inadvertantly mispelled “appalled.” Yes, I am a grammar Nazi.

      May 3, 2007 at 11:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dh

      Oh dizzyspins – tell me you were trying to be ironic by misspelling “mispelled” in your blurb on grammar. Now THAT is classic!

      May 4, 2007 at 12:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • cheezus h. rice
      cheezus h. rice

      Ha, dizzyspins’ crime is even worse, since grammar and spelling are not the same thing.

      May 4, 2007 at 12:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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