Southwest Airlines has apologised after one of its officials asked a California basketball coach to prove that she was the mother of her bi-racial son.
Lindsay Gottlieb, who is white, and her fiance Patrick Martin, who is African American, were both present and showed the official their son’s passport.
She says after showing his passport she was asked for further evidence through a Facebook post or birth certificate.
The airline said it would use the incident to “coach” employees.
Ms Gottlieb, who is the head coach of the University of California women’s basketball team, called the incident “demeaning and insensitive, not to mention inefficient” on Twitter.
“I’m appalled that after approx 50 times flying with my 1 year old son, ticket counter personnel told me I had to ‘prove’ that he was my son, despite having his passport,” Ms Gottlieb wrote.
Source: BBC news