Gay Couple Had to give up their plane seats to a Straight Couple

This Gay Couple Had to Give Up Their Plane Seats to a Straight Couple
By: Bobby Schuessler/Gay Star News

Last weekend, the founder and CEO of The Abbey David Cooley, and his partner were told to move seats on an Alaska Airlines flight in order to make room for a straight couple,

The well-known gay businessman took to Facebook to discuss the incident. A flight attendant approached them and told his partner he’d have to move to the main cabin from their premium seats because a straight couple wanted to sit together—even though Cooley explained that they were a couple. Humiliated, they chose to exit the plane altogether.

In a statement to Gay Star News, a representative from Alaska Airlines acknowledged the incident. They are investigating the situation.


 Alaska Airlines released a statement on this matter. 

“This unfortunate incident was caused by a seating error, compounded by a full flight and a crew seeking an on-time departure and nothing more than that. It’s our policy to keep all families seated together whenever possible; that didn’t happen here and we are deeply sorry for the situation. We’ve reached out to Mr. Cooley to offer our sincere apologies for what happened and we are seeking to make it right. Alaska Airlines has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind. All of us at Alaska value inclusion for our guests and each other.”

“Diversity and inclusion are part of the fabric of Alaska Airlines. We are an airline for everyone and reflect these values through our work with dozens of nonprofit LGBTQ organizations, Pride Parades along the West Coast and a perfect score in the HRC’s Equality Index. We’ll keep building on this commitment, with our employee-led LGBTQ business resource group

When boarding flight 1407 from JFK to LAX, a couple was mistakenly assigned the same seats as another couple in Premium Class…We are deeply sorry for the situation, and are investigating the details while communicating directly with the guests involved to try and make this right. Alaska Airlines has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind, and our employees value inclusion for our guests and each other.”


$49 to Denver or Las Vegas “Frontier Airlines Returns to Sacramento International”

Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A321-211 WL N701FR (msn 6793) (Owl) (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 936802.

Killer Diller Low Airfares are coming to Sacramentio

After a five year absence Frontier Airlines is returning to Sacramento International August 1.   With four week daily flights to Denver and Las Vegas beginning August 12th.

When Frontier left Sacramento, they were a discount Airline, similar to Southwest.

What is returning is a different airline an “Ultra Discount Carrier”  their fares are almost much lower than Southwest. The trade off is. Everything thing else is extra and they can add up quickly. Bring any backpack or carry on is $30. If you don’t prepay there could be a five to ten dollar surcharge. In fact you may find surcharges on anything isn’t paid for in advance.

Learning Curve

Most people aren’t prepared for Spirit or Frontier. That’s why they along with Allegiant have the most customers complaints of nearly all the  other Airlines. Prepare yourself for non reclining hard seats. With small tray tables. If you over 5 10 Its gonna be tight. If you are a wide body. It could be complete agony as the seats are smaller. Frontier is bare bones. Its gonna be crowded and uncomfortable. However if you pack light and prepare yourself for angry co passengers. The low, low, low fares might be worth it.  I know someone who flys Frontier exclusively.  She understands the culture and takes advantage of the airlines super low prices.      

This was my expericece in 2016 Click the Link Below for the full story.

Frontier is based in Denver, from Denver you can fly nearly anywhere in the country.

$49.00 to Denver or Las Vegas?  Sacramento says hello!



Early Morning Flight out of Sacramento International Airport? Plan Ahead!

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For years, flying out of Sacramento International was simple.  There was no reason to show up a couple of hours ahead.   The traffic WAS minimal.   Well that was so 2016.

For years, there were few non stops east of Denver.  Today there are non stops to Charlotte, Orlando,  Newark and Houston.    Southwest plans non stops to New Orleans and Alaska just announced a flight between Sac and Kona Hawaii, this winter.   The result is more traffic .   .

More than a million travelers flew in and out of Sacramento in  May.  Air Canada returned to SMF with flights to Vancouver. Frontier returns in August .

If you have a flight that depart before 6:45am leave early,.  With only two northbound lanes on I-5 the traffic backup begin about 4:30am.  Sometimes beyond the 99 split. over three miles from the airport.

Once in the airport, parking and shuttle are very efficient.  However, if you are traveling through terminal A, (which is currently under constructuion) again plan ahead.   The Terminal was constructed before 9/11 and the early morning security lines are the longest in the airport with lines often backing up over the bridge that connects the terminal with the parking garage.

A fix is on the way, and should be completed by next year.  The airport has advised early morning travelers on United, American, Delta to arrive two hours ahead.

Travelers with flights  departing between 8am and 6pm should not have any delays, with security waits average less than 20 minutes*

Sacramento International Airport remains one of the easiest airport to travel in and out .

The current bottle neck is an easy fix by simply increasing the number of lanes entering the airport from one to two.

*as of this date


UK airport launches hotel room with runway views, butler service and spa treatments – and you can stay for FREE

(Image: Virgin Atlantic/Onefinestay)

By: Julie Delahave/Uk Mirror

When it comes to airport stays, most people immediately think of budget hotels with the bare essentials for getting a good night’s sleep pre-flight.

However, a new luxury hotel room opening up at London Heathrow has seriously upped the stakes with a host of glamorous offerings. We’re talking direct views of the runway, personal butler service, spa treatments and a host of delectable dining.

The best part? Passengers who stay overnight won’t have to pay a penny.

The project is a joint venture between Virgin Atlantic and Onefinestay who teamed up to turn part of London Heathrow Clubhouse into a Manhattan-inspired loft.

The clubhouse is usually reserved for Upper Class and Delta One customers – but for this offer, anyone travelling with Virgin Atlantic can bid to stay in the loft.

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The room will be on offer to passengers flying between the 26th February to the 4th March – and with all of the current delays thanks to the weather, it could make for a stress-free experience as you wait for your flight.

The double room offers wall-to-wall views of the airport’s bustling runway and control tower, but has all the comforts you need to still get a great night’s sleep.

Not to mention that guests will also be treated to a host of A-lister worthy extras including a delicious afternoon tea, a 3-course meal and cocktails, and even an aromatherapy treatment just before bed.

Sounds like total bliss? You can book your stay on the Onefinestay website here – but you’ll need to be flying with Virgin Atlantic. You may want to act quickly too, as places are very limited!

(Image: Virgin Atlantic/Onefinestay)

What you’ll get during your stay

· A welcome from your personal butler

· Afternoon tea before being treated to a relaxing spa treatment

· A pre-dinner cocktail at the bar, followed by a 3-course meal in the brasserie with wine pairings

· Access to the cinema room and rooftop terrace

· Tailored de Mamiel, aromatherapy treatment before bed

· Breakfast in bed from the Clubhouse’s extensive menu and a selection of newspapers

· Refreshing shower and steam session, followed by an invigorating spa treatment including a haircut, shave or facial

· A five minute walk to board your Virgin Atlantic flight

(Image: Virgin Atlantic/Onefinestay)

Mark Anderson, Executive Vice President for Customer at Virgin Atlantic said: ” We always want flying with Virgin Atlantic to be extra special, and that’s why we’ve teamed up with onefinestay to offer this rare opportunity to stay in our London Heathrow Clubhouse.

“An area of our Clubhouse will be transformed into a luxury Manhattan loft, and will offer several lucky customers the best possible start to their trip.

“When staying in the Clubhouse guests will be able to enjoy all the fantastic amenities available to our Upper Class customers including use of our spa, brassiere, cocktail bar and view from our rooftop terrace. It’ll be an unforgettable start to their holiday.”

(Image: Virgin Atlantic/Onefinestay)

Meanwhile, Javier Cedillo-Espin, CEO of onefinestay, added: “onefinestay is renowned in the hospitality industry for its high-touch service and dedication to its customers so it made perfect sense to partner with a brand with a likeminded vision.

“We guarantee individual experiences and what can be more individual than starting your holiday early by enjoying a night of luxury before your flight where onefinestay will make you feel at home.”

Puerto Rico By the Numbers


Home to 3.4 Million Americans

Iowa 3.1 Million Americans

Utah 3 Million Americans

Mississippi 2.9 Million Americans

Arkansas 2.9 Million Americans

Nevada 2.9 Million Americans

Kansas 2.9 Million Americans

New Mexico 2.1 Million Americans

Nebraska 1.9 Million Americans

West Virginia 1.8 Million Americans

Idaho 1.7 Million Americans

There are more Americans In Puerto Rico than Hawaii, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, North Dakota, Alaska, District of Columbia, Vermont, Wyoming



New York to Puerto Rico 3.5 Hours

Miami to Puerto Rico 2.5 Hours

Houston to New York 3.5 Hours

Houston to Miami 2.35 Hours

Puerto Rico is closer to the Continental U.S than Alaska or Hawaii


Currency: US Dollar


51st State?

Through the years there has been discussion about Puerto Rico becoming the 51st State.

On January 17,2017 Puerto Rico’s new representative to Congress pushed a bill that would ratify statehood by 2025.


SMF Reset: 10 million passengers needs a full service airport hotel

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If you flew into Sacramento International Airport monday night and needed a hotel room you soon discovered there weren’t any hotel rooms available within a six mile radius of the hotel.

This isn’t uncommon. There are nearly 1300 rooms south of the Airport.  Many of those hotels  are full Monday through Thursday. Nationally the average occupancy is 68%  Year to date occupancy at some of the Natomas area hotels is as high as 83%. The average weekday rate in Natomas is $169.

Hotels north of the airport in Woodland are often full during the week.  The new Fairfield Inn in Woodland (15 minutes north of the airport)  report they often sold out on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Currently there isn’t a hotel at Sacramento International. The Host hotel was demolished in 2008, make way for Terminal B.

In 2015, a southern California developer Sonnenblick planned to build 150 room Hyatt Place hotel near Terminal B.  Sacramento County was recently advised the developer was no longer available to fund the project.

Perhaps its time for the County to hit reset button

The Hyatt Place with 150 rooms and 3000 square feet of meeting space was too small for the airport.  A larger hotel is needed. The reality, no major chain is lining up to build a hotel at the airport.

A 300 to 400 room hotel,with a minimum of 22,000 square feet of meeting space might serve as an catalyst for the airport to attract new airlines.  No California Airport, (Lax, San Diego or Bay Area Airports currently have a hotel on site.

There are few rooms available near the airport to house airline crews.  For years, airline crews stayed at the Doubletree and Red Lion hotels near Arden Fair.  As airline traffic increases, the need for more hotel rooms also increases.  In this marketplace a large or medium hotel isn’t likely to happen without a subsidy from the City/County.

Passenger volume is up at Sacramento International. This year several new routes are planned including six new non stop flights to the East Coast. With American,United, Alaska and Southwest adding flights.

Sacramento is the largest airport in the valley, however there are still locals making the trek to Bay Area Airports .  Sacramento it will have to be creative to compete with the Bay Area Airports.  Sacramento economy is growing.  Last year, more than 10 million passengers airport and the forecast is that growth will continue through 2018, perhaps a reset is needed.




They found love during a layover

A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage

Justus and Emma

A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together – now they’re heading for marriage

Closeness, selflessness, and pleasure; falling in love is a strange but wonderful human experience.

It is a state of intimacy that we relish living, but due to its abstract nature we rarely pay attention to it. We may not understand love, but we know very well that it “conquers all.”

For the 32-year-old Kenyan Justus Mwita, he never expected to be caught by his then Swedish girlfriend’s unblinking eyes, which left him both taken aback and pleased while he was waiting for his next flight to Nairobi at Doha’s international airport (Qatar).

“It was April 2011 when I had an eight-hour-long flight connection in Doha. I was sitting in the café alone; Emma was sitting with a friend at the table in front of me. We made eye contact but didn’t dare approach each other.

“Nonetheless, her eyes were very still on mine; she had a very assertive gaze. She looked bold and attractive. She felt refreshing.”

While she was waiting to fly back to Sweden after a vacation in Thailand with her friend, Justus was heading back to Nairobi, his home town. He wanted to dedicate his five-year pre/post-graduation experience of Malaysia in Kenya.

The flight connection unexpectedly changed Mwita’s plan. It matched him with his Swedish sweetheart.

“I left the café and was roaming the airport to kill time, I kept thinking of her, and wished that we could meet again. In a few minutes, I found myself caught by Emma’s eyes again, and said: ‘oh my god, what am I going to do now’”.

“She approached me. We greeted each other. When she and her friend asked me to sit with them, I replied: ‘what!’ I was surprised.”

After this, the pair began a seemingly endless talk.

“We watched the sun rise together. The airport was super new and the glass was crystal clear. Emma’s friend fell asleep, and then talked about everything as if we had summarized each other’s history in few hours. It felt wonderful. Those moments were timeless.”

An eight-hour-long chat with a stranger is obviously a sign of chemistry.

“Even at that point I wasn’t expecting things to go further. Usually, flight passengers mingle in fleeting discussions at airports, just to pass the boring waiting hours.”

“But this time it was different and unusual. My flight was 45 minutes earlier than Emma’s, she accompanied me to the gate and gave me a very warm hug, after exchanging our email addresses.”

Parting out of necessity – but not for long.

“We didn’t have any contact the first two months after leaving the airport, because we couldn’t find each other on the internet. I sent her an email and didn’t get a reply. I then said, OK this isn’t going to happen.”

But she found him again.

“In May 2011, I got a message from Emma on Facebook, after she had looked for me and finally found me. We kept communicating and decided to meet again.”

Kenya and Sweden: far by distance, close by intimacy.

“Eight months after meeting at the airport, Emma visited me in Kenya on a seven-week vacation. She saw my family and my country, and I saw her beauty.”

This time they fell in love under the Kenyan sun.

“Those seven weeks were enough to make us sure that it was love, and we decided not to part from each other.”

“In August 2011 I visited Emma on Sweden’s Midsummer, and spent an unforgettable two months in Dalarna with her, before I finally moved to settle down with her in December of the same year.”

The Kenyan-Swedish couple have been living together since then, and are planning to tie the knot as soon as their circumstances allow.

Emma makes Justus feel better, she loves him the way he is – despite laughing at his strange Swedish accent.

And for him, her meticulousness is no reason for not to love everything in her, and consider her a godly ‘bliss’.

It says it all in Justus’ answer when asked what Sweden means to him. He sighs deeply with relief: “Emma”.

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