Two major airlines — United Airlines and Delta — said Saturday that they are notifying the National Rifle Association that they will no longer offer discounted rates for NRA members in the latest display of corporate backlash to the pro-gun organization.
United said it is canceling its program for discounted rates to the NRA’s annual meeting while Delta said it was dropping its contract for lower rates through our group travel program.
Both companies said they had asked the NRA to remove these offers from its website.
“United is notifying the NRA that we will no longer offer a discounted rate to their annual meeting and we are asking that the NRA remove our information from their website,” the airlines said on Twitter.
The moves, in the wake of a mass shooting that killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla., follow decisions this week by rental car companies Hertz, Enterprise and Avis Budget to end their NRA discounts.
The pro-gun lobby has come under sharp criticism, particularly from students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, for opposing efforts to curb the sale of semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15 used in the shootings.
A Change.org petition calling on 25 companies to break ties with the NRA had received almost 7,000 signatures by Saturday morning.
In other similar moves:
• MetLife said it would stop providing discounts for auto and home insurance. “We value all our customers but have decided to end our discount program with the NRA,” the company told USA TODAY in a statement.
• Cybersecurity firm Symantec, which offered NRA discounts to its LifeLock identity theft protection service and Norton anti-virus software, told USA TODAY on Friday that it had “stopped its discount program with the National Rifle Association.”
• SimpliSafe, a home security services company, also ended its NRA promotions. “We have discontinued our existing relationship with the NRA,” CEO Chad Laurans said in a statement.
• Wyndham Hotel Group said in a statement that it “ended our relationship with the NRA late last year.”
• North American and Allied Van Lines said in a statement that no longer have an affiliate relationship with the NRA effective immediately, The New York Times reports.
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