A gay man has slammed an airline who allegedly asked him to sit separately from his partner so a straight couple could sit together.

David Cooley claims Alaska Airlines staff asked his partner to move seats or get off the New York to Los Angeles. plane while attempting to place a second couple next to one another in premium class.

David, who owns a bar in LA, said he and his partner refused to move from the seats they had paid for and were allocated, but instead left the plane before take-off at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Alaska Airlines has since apologised and said it was investigating the matter.

Writing on Facebook , David said: "I have never been so discriminated against while travelling before.

"I was removed from Alaska Airlines flight #1407…to give preferential treatment to a straight couple.

"After my travelling companion and I had been seated in our assigned seats for a while, we were approached by the flight attendant and my companion was asked to move from his premium seat to coach or get off the plane.

"We could not bear the feeling of humiliation for an entire cross-country flight and left the plane.

"I cannot believe that an airline in this day and age would give a straight couple preferential treatment of a gay couple and go so far as to ask us to leave.

"We will never be flying Alaska Airlines or their recently purchased Virgin Airlines Group ever again."

David and his partner eventually made the journey on a Delta Air Lines plane.

An Alaska Airlines spokesperson told Fox News : "When boarding flight 1407 from JFK to LAX, a couple was mistakenly assigned the same seats as another couple in Premium Class.

"We reseated one of the guests from Premium class the main cabin.

"We are deeply sorry for the situation, and are investigating the details while communicating directly with the guests involved to try and make this right.

"Alaska Airlines has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind, and our employees value inclusion for our guests and each other."

Mirror Online has approached Alaska Airlines for a comment.

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