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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