An airline is being forced to apologize after a passenger received a code number on his boarding pass reading ‘H8GAYS’.
Jeff White, a student, purchased a flight from Florida to New York, via Atlanta, with Delta Air Lines earlier this month.
When he discovered the offensive confirmation code after checking in, he was left ‘extremely uncomfortable.’
‘At first I didn’t think I read it right,’ White told the Washington Post.
‘I was worried that another customer might think I somehow picked that code.
‘If I were a gay male, I might have thought that a Delta worker purposely gave me that code and that would have made me extremely uncomfortable.
Delta has apologized for ‘concern or misunderstanding’ that its code may have caused White .
‘These confirmation codes are computer-generated and are completely random,’ says Russell Cason, a Delta spokesman.
‘We will make every effort to ensure that a similar combination does not occur in the future.’
White said while he was sure it was just a coincidence, he was surprised the code combination was not blocked.
He said: ‘I’m sure they removed many four-letter words that would be seen as offensive.
‘I’m surprised that “gays” and “H8″ weren’t blocked as well.’
Back in October, budget Australian airline Jetstar was forced to apologize after a passenger was the victim of an anti-gay prank. He discovered ‘I AM GAY’ plastered all over his luggage.