WATCH: Is Delta Spying On Qatar Airways at Atlanta-Hartsfield?
There’s no denying that the big three U.S. airlines – American, Delta and United – have no love lost for their counterparts from the Middle East.
A raging debate, played out publicly for the last 18 months, has gone on between the U.S.-based carriers and Etihad, Emirates and Qatar airlines, all three of whom the U.S. airlines believe accept massive subsidies from their respective governments.
That, in turn, has led to a skewed and distorted international travel marketplace, the U.S. carriers claim.
This argument was ratcheted up big-time last month when Qatar decided to launch a flight between Doha and Atlanta, Delta’s main hub.
READ MORE: Qatar Launches Doha-Atlanta Route
Akbar Al Baker, the CEO of Qatar Airways, said earlier this year he intended to “rub salt in the wounds” of Delta after the carrier pulled out of its Atlanta-Dubai service, and he did so by initiating the new route.
Qatar held a massive gala in Atlanta to introduce its new service, and rented out the venerable Fox Theatre to do so. Delta subsequently pulled its sponsorship agreement with the concert venue.
Delta is convinced Qatar is playing fast and loose with the amount of passengers it says it services on the Doha-Atlanta route, and that’s the backdrop to this: Is Delta now spying on Qatar at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport?
Blogger Seth Miller of The Wandering Aramean just might have caught Delta doing just that.
Delta has not responded to inquiries regarding this video, but it sure appears like that’s a Delta employee at the Qatar departure area holding a clicker-counter. Judge for yourself.
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