6 Jul 2006

American Samoa's Governor upset by treatment by Hawaiian Airlines staff

10:31 am on 6 July 2006

American Samoa's Governor Togiola Tulafono says having to stand in line to check in at Hawaiian Airlines is a small price to pay for exposing, what he says were "abusive practices" in the Honolulu-Pago Pago market.

Togiola says it is quite a coincidence that this happened after he informed Hawaiian Airlines to withdraw from the Pago Pago-Honolulu market.

Under normal protocol afforded to the governor and other dignitaries, their representatives handle the check in.

The governor is quoted by the Samoa News as saying that he is not surprised by this treatment of him, due to the fact that he publicly chided Hawaiian Airlines for their discriminatory treatment of American Samoan people in operating their monopoly service to the territory.