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Delta reviewing ties with all ‘politically divisive’ groups after NRA controversy

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Delta Air Lines is reviewing its relationships with all“politically divisive” groups, the carrier’s chief executive said in a Friday memo to employees, following blowback this week from the airline’s decision to cut ties with the National Rifle Association.

An empty entrance to the Delta Airlines terminal is seen during a winter nor’easter at LaGuardia Airport in New York, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

In a memo to employees posted to its website, Delta addressed the weeklong uproar surrounding its decision last week to no longer offer a travel discount to NRA members after a Feb. 14 massacre of 17 students and educators at a Florida high school reignited the nation’s long-running debate on gun ownership laws.

“Our discounted travel benefit for NRA members could be seen as Delta implicitly endorsing the NRA. That is not the case,” Chief Executive Ed Bastian wrote in the memo to employees.

“We are in the process of a review to end group discounts for any group of a politically divisive nature.”

Since announcing its decision to cease its relationship with the NRA, Delta has faced calls for a boycott from members of the powerful gun rights group.

Republican state officials in Georgia on Thursday punitively struck down a proposed jet fuel tax exemption that would have saved Delta, the state’s largest private employer, some $40 million per year, despite public support for the proposal from the state’s Republican governor, Nathan Deal.

“While Delta’s intent was to remain neutra

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