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Airline's Ridiculous Policy Makes Us Wonder What Year They Think It Is

Posted by on Jan. 1, 2014 at 9:23 AM
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Airline's Ridiculous Policy Makes Us Wonder What Year They Think It Is

by Lisa Fogarty

Judging by Air Canada's travel voucher policy, we should all be wearing aprons and cementing our feet to the kitchen floor while our husbands go out and bring home the bacon. An old-fashioned policy prevents married couples who do not share the same last name from transferring travel vouchers to one another. According to the Canadian airline, there is a good reason for this rule -- it helps prevent fraud. But, as it found out this week, hell hath no fury like a writer with a Twitter account. When Canadian author Chris Turner tried to transfer a voucher to his wife, who chose to keep her maiden name when they were married, he got the shock of his life when his request was denied. That's when things started to heat up on Twitter.

Turner's first Tweet to @AirCanada questioned the policy, almost as if he can't believe it's true:

Air Canada responded -- rather promptly, I might add:

And, of course, Turner had a wonderful reply to that:

It didn't take long before several disgruntled women -- and men -- added their two cents to the matter. The first was posted by Turner's wife:

Of all the many married couples I know, approximately half of them have different last names. And my female family members who live outside of the United States always keep their maiden names. It seems like Air Canada has simply neglected to change with the times. I'm guessing airline officials are going to have to do so in order to make their customers happy and keep up with other airlines that do allow transfers between married couples with different names.

Even though Turner later admitted that Air Canada would reimburse him for his travel, despite being unable to redeem the voucher when he booked his trip because of their different last names, this is obviously still a huge pain in the butt for many people. It's also a reminder that, in the eyes of some, the marriage deal isn't officially sealed unless a woman takes a man's name.

What do you think of Air Canada's policy?

by on Jan. 1, 2014 at 9:23 AM
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Ziva65
by Bronze Member on Jan. 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM

needs updating...

BaronSamedi
by Bronze Member on Jan. 1, 2014 at 12:03 PM

 SUE

jobseeker
by Bronze Member on Jan. 1, 2014 at 2:07 PM
1 mom liked this

I think it's difficult to maneuver, but your implication that it implies that women should remain home, barefoot and pregnant is ludicrous

JanuaryBaby06
by Gold Member on Jan. 1, 2014 at 2:11 PM

I think it's a farce and should absolutely be updated.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 1, 2014 at 8:21 PM
They probably don't realize that the world has gone to hell.

JoJoBean8
by Silver Member on Jan. 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

That's a crappy policy.

CamsMommy0731
by on Jan. 1, 2014 at 9:42 PM
As a Canadian, I don't even like air canada and would never use them anyways!

This just confirms what I already expected from the airline
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