The Mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, is refusing to repay the city money she spent on first class flights overseas, despite strict travel guidelines put in place for employees that require them to book the lowest fare available, or agree to the reimbursement.
Cantrell has defended her purchase of the luxury tickets as her both ‘doing business’ on behalf of the city and because she believes it wouldn’t be safe for her to travel in economy class.
In the past, Cantrell has used the same excuse defending her purchase of upgraded travel as being one of safety rather than one of comfort.
‘My travel accommodations are a matter of safety, not of luxury. As all women know, our health and safety are often disregarded and we are left to navigate alone. As the mother of a young child whom I live for, I am going to protect myself by any reasonable means in order to ensure I am there to see her grow into the strong woman I am raising her to be.
‘Anyone who wants to question how I protect…