I see this story is getting quite a lot of responses, so here's my 2 cents.
I would assume whatever action falls under federal law because, if I'm not mistaken, aircraft with a US flag on it that are flying between states are now in a federal jurisdiction, though that's just a guess. I know the FBI often is involved in incidents on aircraft and the marshalls are federal employees.
Having said that, I have a couple of questions.
1) The F/A, how many years has she flown for WN
2) Can we interview gay F/A's who fly with her and see if there's a pattern. We know there are plenty, right?
3) She couldn't have forced the couple to move seats, why did they?
4) Why were potentially very infectious people allowed to fly after it was known they were both sick? I'm talking both the kid and the complaintant.
5) Why did the police and WN
back down and let them fly afterall?
6) Does the F/A have a history of bad letters from clients? Good ones? (not that it tells us much)
7) Does the complaintant have a history of filing complaints? (not that it tells us much)
That's a good start!
If the incident went down as reported by the gay man then, at the minimum, the F/A needs some cultural diversity training. It's hard to believe it didn't happen as he said because they did ultimately board him without further incident. For him to fabricate a story like this is, well, highly highly unlikely.
Sort of reminds me about the time AA
removed all pillows and blankets after a DCA
flight because the aircraft was filled with gay/lesbian people flying home from a national March. AA
paid a huge price for that one, I wonder what, if any, price WN
will pay. Maybe we'll see a Fabulous Fair Discount like they did around the "Mini" scandal? I hope!