British Airways is profiting off the UK government's inhumane deportation machine. For years, the airline has accepted contracts from the UK's Home Office to fly asylum seekers back to the countries in which they were persecuted. But now, something incredible is happening.
Ordinary people just like you are demanding that airlines stop helping governments with forced deportation and family separation. And airlines are listening. Virgin Atlantic, American, United and Frontier have all changed direction against unjust immigration policies.
If these airlines have already taken action, why can’t British Airways?
In August, protesters and the media drew attention to the hypocrisy of British Airways sponsoring UK Pride celebrations while helping to deport asylum seekers. A huge, people-powered petition is just what we need to prove that thousands of regular people are watching too.
British Airways: Stop assisting with cruel and unfair deportations!
The world is finally waking up to the sheer injustice of deportations. Last summer, a video of a student refusing to allow a Turkish Airlines flight to take off until an asylum seeker was safely removed went viral.
And in Germany in 2017, 222 flights were blocked from carrying out deportations -- by their own pilots, who are allowed to make that decision on an individual basis.
We know that given enough pressure, these airlines will stop cooperating. And we know exactly how to generate that pressure: by mobilising the full force of the SumOfUs community. It worked last year, when we got two huge European pharmaceutical companies to cut ties with abusive horse blood farms in South America. We made sure they knew their reputation would suffer if they continued to be complicit in cruelty.
That’s exactly what we need to do with the airlines. But we need your help to achieve liftoff. Will you get on board and force British Airways to take action?
Tell British Airways: it's not your job to deport refugees and migrants!
This campaign is in association with Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants.