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These Airlines Are Offering Free Flights to Help Families Affected by the Orlando Terror Attack

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In the wake of the Pulse anti-LGBT hate crime massacre in Orlando this past weekend, two airlines are stepping up to help family members of the victims. 

JetBlue is providing free seats on its available flights to and from Orlando for immediate family and domestic partners of victims who were killed or injured. Also, American Airlines has donated one million AAdvantage miles to the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida in addition to waiving any fees associated with the transportation of loved ones back to their hometowns.

Here are the details for getting assistance from the two airlines.

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JetBlue released the following information through Twitter on Monday:

We want to do our part to help the victims of this tragedy, as well as support the Orlando community through this difficult time.

  • JetBlue is providing free seats on its available flights to/from Orlando for immediate family and domestic partners of victims who were killed or injured. Those family members and domestic partners requiring travel assistance can contact 1-800-JETBLUE for details.
  • A fee waiver is in place for customers traveling to/from Orlando who need to make last-minute changes to their travel plans.
  • For JetBlue crewmembers impacted by this event, we have activated resources to assist and are offering a donation program. Crewmembers can visit our internal website, hellojetblue, or talk to their crewleader for more details.

JetBlue will make a charitable contribution to support the victims and their families.

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“American Airlines is waiving any fees associated with the transportation of loved ones back to their hometowns,” Chris Singley, Managing Director Community Relations & Employee Engagement for American Airlines, told NCRM. “Anything we can do to make dealing with this terrible tragedy just a little easier for the victims and their families, we will certainly do.”

To receive assistance from American Airlines, family members of the victims can contact the company’s special desk at 1-800-228-7878 or by email at [email protected] to make accommodations after a funeral home has been selected.

In addition to the information above, American Airlines has also donated one million AAdvantage miles to the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, to support the work they are doing to assist the victims of the Orlando shooting.

For anyone wanting to support the victims and their families, a GoFundMe page has been set up here. so far, the page has raised $4.2 million in three days.

And the Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has created the OneOrlando Fund. You can contribute here. Disney donated $1 million to help start the ball rolling.

 

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ABC News Senior Editorial Producer John Santucci posted the news to Twitter:

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‘Groucho? Harpo? Chico?’: Matt Schlapp Mocked for Claim This May Be Final 4th of July Before ‘Marxists’ Take Over US

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Schlapp apparently was forced to use a photo of umbrella-holding protestors fleeing what looks like tear gas, with one particularly patriotic young man donning an American flag face mask while holding up a rather large American flag.

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But as Vox co-founder Matt Yglesias pointed out, the photo is of protestors in Hong Kong, a region currently engaged in its own fight for freedom.

(The photo is from the Associated Press, and can be seen in this Voice of America article)

Schlapp, whose wife is a Trump campaign advisor, was double mocked – for the photo, and for the “American” protestors.

(The right recently has been labeling Black Lives Matter as “Marxist,” citing the reported beliefs of one of its co-founders, intentionally ignoring that the millions who are marching against police killings and for racial justice are not.)

Schlapp, by the way, is the chairman of the American Conservative Union, the company that hosts the annual right wing Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Several companies have recently dropped Schlapp over his comments about the George Floyd protests. Among them, these:

Here’s how some are responding to Schlapp:

 

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