Miramar-based Spirit Airlines issued an apology and pulled a racy ad spoofing the Secret Service Colombian prostitution scandal that many people found offensive.
The Secret Service said Friday that three of its agents under investigation for allegations of misconduct in Colombia have resigned, NBC News reported. In all 12 agents have been implicated, including one who was “cleared of serious misconduct” but will still face administrative action, the agency said.
Spirit Airlines’ ad featured women in pink bikinis around an agent implying secrecy and the slogan “More Bang for your Buck” for flights to Cartagena, Colombia – the location of the scandal – as well as other destinations.
At this weekend’s ExpoColombia in Miami, community activists said the businesses and tourism being showcased there is what Colombia is all about, not prostitutes.
“I think it would make anybody angry,” activist Fabio Andrade said. “Colombia’s more than this. We have worked so hard to change the image of Colombia. We have worked so hard for Colombians to come and tourism to come. The airlines are working very hard to bring tourism to our country, and to do this is denigrating. And people are very offended by this.”
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