Passenger Claims He Was Kicked Off Aeromexico Flight For Being Gay

Rodrigo Viadas says he was forced to leave Aeromexico flight 473 from Miami to Mexico City moments before it took off Sunday night because he was gay, tweeting, “They took me off [the plane] like a criminal.”

Viadas says he was booted after a passenger spoke to the captain, though it’s not clear what exactly the complaint was: “The captain never spoke to me,” he tweeted. “They just said ‘a passenger complained.’”

According to Univision News, whose understanding of Spanish is much better than ours, “Viadas wrote that he had to book a hotel in Miami after he was forced off the flight, because the next flight to Mexico City left on Monday morning.” He did thank the airline yesterday for their prompt response and promise to investigate the situation.

We’ve contacted Viadas for more details and will follow up soon.

Photos via Johnnysast, Aeromexico


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  • B

    How did anyone know he was gay? Was it something about how he was dressed or was it something else? It’s not like straight passengers would be expected to have finely tuned gaydar.

    For example, I could tell definitively that there was a gay couple in the row ahead of me on one flight because they were holding hands and one gave the other a kiss on the cheek (pretty good indication that they were together and gay), but the report in this case seems to be that a single person was thrown off the flight. On my flight, a (female) flight attendant noticed that they were holding hands and just smiled – supportively, I think.

  • Farquart

    So now you’re printing someone’s random and unsubstantiated tweets? Why does this not surprise me?

  • william campari

    As it turned out, he wasn’t kicked out of the plane because he was gay, but because he was really drunk and causing a scene.

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