Tripped Up By Their Own Words: Big U.S. Airlines Need To Relearn When To Speak, When To Be Quiet

tripped up by their own words big u s airlines need to relearn when to speak when to be quiet

Delta Airlines CEO, center, shown with Delta employees at the the opening of Delta’s new LaGuardia … [+] Airport Terminal in New York in October 2019. STEPHANIE KEITH/Getty Images)\

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Abraham Lincoln famously said that it’s “better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.”

It’s advice that CEOs of some of America’s biggest and best-known companies – and particularly several of its largest airlines – would do well to heed.

Delta Airlines and its CEO, Ed Bastian are catching a lot of heat this week for his statement deploring the hotly controversial voting law passed in Georgia last month. Delta representatives worked closely with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and top Republican leaders of the Georgia legislature to pass that law, which they deemed, at least originally, to be a good compromise.

Bastian even said so, publicly. On March 26, he issued a statement in which he said, “The legislation signed this week improved considerably during the legislative process, and expands weekend voting, codifies Sunday voting and protects a voter’s ability to cast an absentee ballot without providing a reason…

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