American Airlines condemned the Texas State Senate for passing election integrity bill limiting mail-in voting.
Why is American Airlines inserting itself into this matter?
The GOP-controlled Texas Senate on Thursday passed an election integrity bill limiting mail-in and curbside voting.
The bill passed largely on party lines in an 18-13 vote.
The measure, if passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Abbott, would limit voting hours, eliminate drive-through voting lanes and would prohibit “solicitation” by elected officials at ballot drop boxes.
The Democrats are furious and compared the bill to “Jim Crow” laws.
Jim Crow laws were state laws that enforced racial segregation in the South.
American Airlines popped off and said they believe we should “break down barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion in our society – not create them.”
In order to board an American Airlines flight, people in the US must provide a valid form of ID and go through TSA screening which may include an invasive “pat down.”
Full statement by American Airlines:
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.
Earlier this week Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian issued a company-wide memo blasting the newly passed voter ID laws in Georgia.
Bastian said the bill is “unacceptable” and does not match Delta’s values.