New Orleans Mayor: Coach Travel Is Unsafe For Black Women

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, herself a former Chair of the Federal Reserve, flies coach. The Mayor of New Orleans flies first class. The difference?

Mayor Cantrell says it’s unsafe for a black woman to fly economy.

‘As all women know, our health and safety are often disregarded and we are left to navigate alone.

‘As the mother of a young child whom I live for, I am going to protect myself by any reasonable means in order to ensure I am there to see her grow into the strong woman I am raising her to be.

‘Anyone who wants to question how I protect myself just doesn’t understand the world black women walk in.’

New Orleans policy is that city employees travel on the lowest available fares.

Employees are required to purchase the lowest airfare available…Employees who choose an upgrade from coach, economy, or business class flights are solely responsible for the difference in cost.

She says, however, that she’s not an ’employee’ she’s an ‘elected official’ despite being on the payroll and receiving employee benefits from the city. Here she is saying she won’t pay back $30,000 spent on premium travel.

At yesterday’s press conference, @FOX8NOLA was the only station that asked Mayor LaToya Cantrell about whether or not she will reimburse thousands of dollars to the city for her travel upgrades.

Here’s her full statement:

— Andrés Fuentes (@news_fuentes) September 9, 2022

Her Honor understands, of course, that she’s the mayor of New Orleans and so taking money from taxpayers for her own use is de rigueur. Indeed she was “investigated for misusing her city credit card charging $9,000 dollars for food and various Walmart runs.”

Issues of race and gender aside, I know that many readers find coach to be an unsafe space.

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