American Airlines Opposes Proposed Texas Voting Law, Because Reasons

After being pressured to speak out against a new voting bill in Texas, American Airlines has issued a statement.

They are “are strongly opposed to” the bill that passed the Texas Senate, which they say limits the ability of people to exercise their right to vote. They do not mention any specific provisions of the bill, or suggest whom they think will be unable to vote. And despite a strong statement of opposition, offer a milquetoast nod to good people on both sides,

We acknowledge how difficult this is for many who have fought to secure and exercise their constitutional right to vote. Any legislation dealing with how elections are conducted must ensure ballot integrity and security while making it easier to vote, not harder.

Boy, you have to think the folks in Skyview 8 are wishing Delta hadn’t opened their mouths about Georgia’s voting law, then they wouldn’t be called on to offer platitudes. American’s statement doesn’t explain what the bill actually does, or why it reaches the level of requiring a statement.

Here’s American’s full statement,

Earlier this morning, the Texas State Senate passed legislation with provisions that limit voting access. To make American’s stance clear: We are strongly opposed to this bill and others like it. As a Texas-based business, we must stand up for the rights of our team members and customers who call Texas home, and honor the sacrifices made by generations of Americans to protect and expand the right to vote.

Voting is the hallmark of our democracy, and is the foundation of our great country. We value the democratic process and believe every eligible American should be allowed to exercise their right to vote, no matter which political party or candidate they support.

We acknowledge how difficult this is for many who have fought to secure and exercise their constitutional right to vote. Any legislation dealing with how elections are conducted must ensure ballot integrity and security while making it easier to vote, not harder. At American, we believe we should break down barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion in our society – not create them.

And while Delta was clear that they lobbied on the bill, American doesn’t say one way or another whether they’ll be lobbying the Texas legislature on this issue – or if they wish it would just go away.

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  1. This is so bizzare. No one cares what any of the airlines think on anything other that getting me and everyone else as efficiently to their destination. The fact we even care what airlines think and either trying to cancel them or laud them is just dumb.

  2. Seriously AA? You really do have to copy Delta in EVERYTHING? By saying something when you shouldn’t be saying ANYTHING!

  3. Key word here is only eligible Americans should be allowed to vote. How do we check if the person voting is eligible American without IDs?

    Hey AA, if you are so opposed to IDs, I believe you would not ask for an ID when I travel again?

  4. Yes good morning, I’m in seat 1A up there.
    Trust me, it’s me. Thanks. Where’s my drink?

  5. Many words to say a lot of nothing. Can anyone actually determine what AA actually stands for from this statement except for them trying fervently to avoid angering anyone?

  6. It’s all about the money. If they will lose money from boycotts they’re more likely to pressure the legislature to repeal Republican attempts to win through disenfranchising voters. Cutting off donations (bribes) to their campaigns would be immediately noticed.

  7. AA should be more concerned with keeping my nuts warm and glass full.

  8. Good on companies for trying to be on the right side of history. Clearly ~35% or so of the country isn’t and would prefer a time when only whites could vote.

  9. Why would AA care about the “boycotters” when the majority fly spirit or ride amtrak and greyhound.

  10. UA-NYC,

    As is normally the case with people who lack an intellectual argument, your post does little more than call people names because they see the world differently than you. If there is 5% of the country that actually wants to limit voting to “white” people that would be surprising. Turn off msnbc and cnn and go talk to some normal people. Not partisan leftists who make their living crying wolf about some kind of racial, sexual or identificational discrimination. Asking people to show identification when they vote is not racist. It’s insulting when people claim that minorities are incapable of having a picture ID.

  11. @Flying.While.High.Again
    Now if they would just make sure to keep my nuts empty, they’d have a customer for life!

  12. These are complex issues that can’t be covered in a simple statement. Why the hell does AA or any other corporation feel the need to comment? Who the hell cares what their management thinks.

  13. Parker should focus on making AA again the great airline it once was (before his arrival) and stay out of politics!

  14. Unfortunately, the political climate in this country is toxic and I fear for the future of the Republic.

    I think every United States citizen, unless one has committed a criminal act forfeiting his/her right to vote, has the right to vote and the obligation to do so.

    Yet I also think that we should ensure the integrity of the voting process so that only eligible citizens vote, do so only once in the proper jurisdiction, and cast their own ballot with proof of ID.

    Unless you apply the bigotry of low expectations, or are looking for ways to cheat the process, what’s the problem with this?

  15. It really bother u, Gary, and Ron above and all nationalists that AA believes black and brown people should not be kept from voting Gary u seem obsessed with people who speak out against racism. There’s two things you folks don’t like 1) being called racist 2) black and brown people

  16. @Joe – be sure to watch the upcoming QAnon expose on HBO coming out soon, will be like looking in the mirror for you. Little chump b!tch.

  17. @ Allen – WTF did you just type LMAO – Yikes, that was bad
    @UA-NYC – UA & NYC – they are probably two things individually that I can’t stand a great deal; put them together and I definitely hate it especially when it tries to communicate

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