In wake of NRA flap, Delta reviewing all group discounts of a ‘politically divisive nature’


In the wake of the controversy over Delta Air Lines’ end of an NRA discount for travel to the group’s convention, the Atlanta-based airline said it is reviewing all discounts “of a politically divisive nature.”

“While Delta’s intent was to remain neutral, some elected officials in Georgia tied our decision to a pending jet fuel tax exemption, threatening to eliminate it unless we reversed course,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a Friday memo to employees obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Our decision was not made for economic gain and our values are not for sale. We are in the process of a review to end group discounts for any group of a politically divisive nature.”

A Delta spokesman said only 13 tickets were sold under the group travel discount for the National Rifle Association.

>> Read more trending news 

“Our people and our customers have a wide range of views on how to increase safety in our schools and public places, and we are not taking sides. Our objective in removing any implied affiliation with the NRA was to remove Delta from this debate,” Bastian wrote in the statement. He added that many employees have gotten questions from customers, and that he knows it is “not comfortable to be caught in a highly emotional debate.”

Read the full memo from Delta’s CEO here:

MYAJC.COM: REAL JOURNALISM. REAL LOCAL IMPACT.

AJC Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi keeps you updated on the latest news about Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Delta Air Lines and the airline industry in metro Atlanta and beyond. You'll find more on myAJC.com, including these stories:

Never miss a minute of what's happening in local business news. Subscribe to myAJC.com.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation World

Book sold after 28 years at independent bookstore
Book sold after 28 years at independent bookstore

After spending nearly 30 years on the shelf of an independent bookstore, a book has a home. According to a tweet from Broadhurst Bookshop in Southport, England, the book was sold on Saturday after having been in the store since 1991. >> Read more trending news  >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting...
Florida officers escorting Santa bust theft ring
Florida officers escorting Santa bust theft ring

Two Daytona Beach police officers escorting Mr. and Mrs. Claus to a tree lighting ceremony broke up a major theft ring in the parking lot Saturday night, the Police Department said.  >> Read more trending news  Officers Joe Evans and Courtney Wooleyhan were returning to duty, after escorting Santa and Mrs. Claus to the Tanger Outlets...
Tennessee man arrested, charged with raping 16-month-old, officials say
Tennessee man arrested, charged with raping 16-month-old, officials say

A man investigators said raped a 16-month-old child has been taken into custody, officials said Sunday. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations, Simon Porter, 33, has been located and captured in Scottsboro, Alabama. Porter was arrested and charged with aggravated rape.
Stacey Abrams tells Hollywood not to boycott Georgia after Bryan Kemp wins governor's race
Stacey Abrams tells Hollywood not to boycott Georgia after Bryan Kemp wins governor's race

With several celebrities posting on social media that they plan to boycott Georgia after Brian Kemp won the gubernatorial race, his former rival Stacey Abrams implored them not to do so. >> Read more trending news  In a tweet Saturday evening, she wrote, “I appreciate the calls to action, but I ask all of our entertainment industry...
South Vienna students collect food to stock local pantry
South Vienna students collect food to stock local pantry

South Vienna Elementary School has been collecting canned goods and non-perishable items again this year for those in need in Clark and Champaign Counties. BREAKINGWright State settles 3-year federal visa investigation for $1M This is the second year the school has held a food drive for the food pantry at their local church, Nation Chapel United Methodist...
More Stories