Two airlines said this morning that they are ending travel partnerships with the National Rifle Association amid increased public reaction against the organization.
United and Delta had established discounts with the NRA before the organization's annual convention in May, which would offer members between 2 and 10 percent of their fights to Dallas.
In a tweet, Delta says that the NRA has been contacted to finalize discounted fares through its group travel program, and that the organization be asked to remove its name from its travel website. Similarly, United Airlines tweeted that it will no longer offer its special rate for the meeting and also requested that it be removed from the travel website.
Delta is communicating with the NRA to inform them that we will terminate their discounted fare contract through our group travel program. We will ask the NRA to remove our information from its website.- Delta (@Delta) February 24, 2018
United notifies the NRA that we will no longer offer a discounted rate for its annual meeting and we request that the NRA remove our information from its website. United Airlines (@united) February 24, 2018
The NRA has faced a negative reaction from consumers after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida last week that left 17 people dead. Companies like Symantec, First National Bank of Omaha, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and others have also finalized their discount associations with the organization. The NRA travel page still lists airlines as partners for their convention.
Unlike other organizations that have broken ongoing partnerships with the NRA, airlines offered unique travel discounts for group members. A Delta spokesperson told ThinkProgress that these types of contracts are routine for groups of 10 or more are "routine", while United said it does not have an association with the organization, and that its discount was a standard policy. While these may have been standard agreements, the fact that both airlines are recanting helps show the considerable controversy that the NRA has attracted in the days following the attacks.