Federal probe examines Chick-fil-A decision at Buffalo airport

Federal probe examines Chick-fil-A decision at Buffalo airport

May 25, 2019 09:44 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ) — When the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and Delaware North decided not to move forward with plans to bring the Chick-fil-A to the facility, it drew tons of discussion around Buffalo.

But Buffalo wasn't the only community embroiled in this debate about the popular franchise, and now there is a federal investigation underway.

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USA Today reported that the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether the airports and their respective cities discriminated against the fast-food chain, supposedly because of the company's stance on LGBT rights.

In a statement to USA Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation said, "The Department has received complaints alleging discrimination by two airport operators against a private company due to the expression of the owner's religious beliefs."

Those two airports are Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the San Antonio International Airport.

The statement also says both airports have been told about the investigation into the complaints. 

The argument is that a governmental agency cannot discriminate against a private company on the basis of religion.

In April, a U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner sent a letter to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, saying it may have broken the law when it dropped plans for a Chick-fil-A.

An NFTA spokesman reiterated its position, saying the decision not to move forward with Chick-fil-A was made by Delaware North, not the NFTA.



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