July 18, 2019 at 8:11 pm EST | by Staff reports
Looking back: 50 years of the Blade
TWA, gay news, Washington Blade
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Thirty years ago this week, the Blade’s lead story was about TWA’s decision to allow frequent fliers to give their free tickets to “any companion.” Up until that point, TWA and other airlines restricted free tickets to legal spouses of frequent fliers

The TWA policy change came after a New York gay man filed a lawsuit against the airline.

TWA’s change in policy was announced in an offensive statement from its marketing director that read in part: “We are aware of the non-traditional lifestyles prevalent in our society and our sole interest is the promotion of travel, not social commentary.”

Take a walk down memory lane — visit washingtonblade.com/archives to browse the Blade’s unique 50-year archive of LGBTQ news and features.

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