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Frontier Labels Drag Queen A “Security Risk”

Frontier Labels Drag Queen A “Security Risk”
Meg Butler

A passenger, Ivan Cuadrado, is suing Frontier Airlines for “targeting” him as a “security risk” because “he chooses to wear makeup and accessories culturally associated with women.”

The incident, Cuadrado alleges, began when he was abruptly asked to leave the plane after he boarded. When he deplaned, he found that his luggage had already been removed from the plane and someone told him that “‘I need to interview you,’ because the flight attendant and pilot told her I was a security risk.”

In the following hour, Cuadrado was interviewed and cleared but had to spend the night in a hotel and leave the next day. Cuadrado says that Frontier airlines never compensated him for the hotel room or the second flight that he was forced to purchase.

“I have never been in trouble with the law and I do not have any criminal background whatsoever, Cuadrado says. “I was discriminated because of my being a drag queen. I contacted a lawyer and we are suing them for discrimination. I read a statement that was prepared during the investigation of the incident and it confirms Frontier knew I had a wig in my bag. I had already passed security and boarded the plane. I certainly was not a security risk. I was singled out because of my costume and accessories.”


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  1. Irpworks

    April 13, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Ok. Next.

  2. strickerj

    April 14, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Much as I sympathize with someone being booted without compensation, do we really have enough details to know he was targeted for what he was wearing? Or is this a case of “it must be discrimination just because it happened to a minority”?

  3. mvoight

    April 16, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    You need to link to the full story for more info.
    See the comment “To read more on this story go to OUTINSA”
    That takes you to
    First, the woman next to him left the aircraft because she was said she was sick
    Then, he was asked to get off the plane. He claims he did not know the woman..
    This seems odd if that was related to the issue, unless he actually did know the woman
    Also, it states ‘In the hour that followed, Cuadrado was interviewed and cleared, then booked on another flight but not allowed to board because of a credit card mix-up. ”

    This makes the story even more odd. If they booked him on another flight, why would there be a credit card issue?
    Is it possible there was some kind of issue with the original payment?

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