- The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into religious discrimination complaints against two US aiports over their decisions to block Chick-fil-A restaurants from the premises.
- The FAA confirmed Friday it was investigating the San Antonio International Airport and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
- Chick-fil-A has long drawn scrutiny over its donations to charitable organisations that oppose same-sex marriage.
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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating airports in Texas and New York over complaints that they discriminated against Chick-fil-A by blocking the fast-food chain from its airport concession contracts.
Chick-fil-A has long drawn backlash over the chain’s record on LGBT issues – particularly its donations to charitable organisations that oppose same-sex marriage.
The FAA confirmed to media outlets that it’s investigating the San Antonio International Airport and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport over the issue.
“The FAA notes that federal requirements prohibit airport operators from excluding persons on the basis of religious creed from participating in airport activities that receive or benefit from FAA grant funding,” the agency said in a statement to Fox News.
San Antonio’s city council voted in March to exclude Chick-fil-A from its concession contract for the airport, arguing that the move would help ensure inclusion and equality in the city. Chick-fil-A supporters, however, have argued that the decision was discriminatory against the company owner’s religious beliefs.
San Antonio’s city attorney, Andy Segovia, told the San Antonio Express-News that his office received notice of the FAA’s involvement on Friday and would review it and “determine our course of action.”
In Buffalo, the company that operates the airports restaurants, Delaware North, announced in March that it had scrapped plans to open a Chick-fil-A in the airport. The news came after a New York state assemblyman publicly opposed the restaurant chain.
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