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Should KLM’s Gay Flight Attendants Be Forced to Spend the Night in Iran?

KLM, the airline you fly across the Atlantic when you don’t want your bags to go missing on Delta, is refusing to let gay flight attendants skip stops in Iran, fearing the country’s homophobic ways (and, frankly, criminalization of their sexuality) could get them in trouble.

Flight attendants of the Dutch airline often must spend the night in Tehran as they await their next shift, where they could be arrested for fraternizing with the same sex. It’s a reasonable request for any employee to make of an employer: Please don’t forcibly subject me to situations where I could be arrested for simply being who I am.

Then again, in the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Land, gays don’t really exist. Unless KLM imports them.