Posted by Curt on 6 April, 2021 at 10:45 am. 5 comments already!

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Along with Delta Air Lines and other companies, United Airlines has joined the fight in opposing the recent Georgia election bill signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. Among other provisions, S.B. 202 increases early weekend voting, requires identification for absentee ballots, and allows for drop boxes under supervision.

United joins a group of hypocritical airliners that flat-out contradict themselves by opposing the Georgia bill, since these groups require passengers to show photo ID to board a flight.

“Just like IDs are rightly required to fly on an airplane, they are also required in most states to ensure the integrity of every vote,” House Republican Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana told The Federalist. “These same woke CEOs who have plenty to say about the voting law in Georgia that is less stringent than the ones in Biden’s home state of Delaware are oddly silent about the human rights abuses and the lack of voting rights in China, where they are more than happy to do business at the expense of American workers and our values.”

“Our mission is to connect people and unite the world. We believe that one of the most effective ways to do this is to engage in the democratic process, which begins with voting — a vital civic duty. America’s democracy is stronger when we’re all engaged, and every vote is properly counted,” United said in a statement on Monday.

“Some have questioned the integrity of the nation’s election systems and are using it to justify stricter voter procedures, even though numerous studies have shown zero credible evidence of widespread fraud in U.S. elections,” United continued. “Legislation that infringes on the right to vote of fellow Americans is wrong. We believe that leaders in both parties should work to protect the rights of eligible voters by making it easier and more convenient for them to cast a ballot and have it counted.”

If in fact United determines mandating voter ID for absentee ballots “infringes” on people’s rights, it seems the airliner is also infringing on the rights of Americans.

According to the company’s website, “Travelers 18 years of age or older are required to have a valid, current U.S. federal or state-issued photo ID that contains name, date of birth, gender, expiration date and a tamper-resistant feature for travel to or from a U.S. Territory (Guam, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands).” Additionally, according to the United website, “Travelers who willfully refuse to provide identification at security checkpoint will be denied access to the secure area of airports.”

Given that the company maintains a strict, zero-tolerance policy for travelers who do not present ID at the security checkpoint, why does United also determine that a bill forcing people to show ID for something much more significant violates “America’s democracy”?

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