Southwest Airlines agent asked for proof biracial child was her son

Southwest Airlines has apologized to the Cal women’s basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb after she claimed an airline employee stopped her from boarding because the worker didn’t believe her 1-year-old biracial son was hers.

Gottlieb tweeted that a desk agent wouldn’t let her on a flight from Denver to Oakland Sunday because her son had a different last name. However, the coach from the University of California, Berkeley said she believed it was “because he has a different skin color.” Gottlieb was travelling with her fiance, Patrick Martin, the boy’s father, who is black.

Airlines aren’t required to match the last name of a child and guardian for domestic flights.

Southwest said Tuesday it reached out to Gottlieb.

Gottlieb says she appreciates the apology.

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