United Airlines said it has apologized to a Durham man after a flight attendant accused him of inappropriately touching his son during a flight into Raleigh-Durham International Airport this past weekend.
Henry Amador-Batten of Durham said he was detained at RDU on Friday, May 19, after a member of the flight crew accused him of placing his hand and arm “too close to the ‘child’s genitals.’” At the time, Amador-Batten was traveling with his husband, Joel Amador-Batten, and their son Ben, aged 5.
Joel Amador-Batten, 41, shared an account of the incident on the Facebook page Dadsquared, a community for gay fathers. Henry Amador-Batten, 52, runs the Dadsquared website and is a former columnist for The Durham News.
The post was shared hundreds of times after being written on Saturday morning and thousands of times on other Facebook pages.
In the post, Joel Amador-Batten wrote that his family was traveling back to North Carolina after his husband spent the last two weeks in Puerto Rico to handle his father’s death. The family was traveling on a flight from Newark, which was a stopover between Puerto Rico and RDU.
When they arrived at RDU, he wrote that Henry Amador-Batten was detained by RDU police for about an hour while trying to disembark the plane because a flight member had accused him of inappropriately touching his son.
Amador-Batten continued in the post writing that his husband’s hand was just laying across his son’s lap while their son slept on the plane.
“This is not something that anyone should have to worry about happening to them on a flight just because someone might not like the looks of them,” he wrote.