OK so that marks two people as insensitive to the equality of all. Other passengers offered to change seats and the plane took off.
She pointed out that she was being considered unfit to be a seat partner by this religious extremist solely on the basis that she is female.
It is my opinion that the disruptive man should have been told to sit down and be quiet or get off the plane. That may seem extreme when other passengers could accommodate his wishes.
If you don’t see the problem here, think about a NeoNazi in full regalia boarding a passenger plane. His assigned seat is next to a person of colour, who in his twisted mind, considers it wrong to sit next to a person of colour. Would the cabin crew been as quick to accommodate the NeoNazi? How about another type of religious zealot who won’t sit next to a Jewish person? Or a gay or lesbian person? Why is it ok to accommodate a misogynist?
You may think this is a one of, but that isn’t the case. The New York Times, April 9 of this year has reported numerous cases of this. This phenomenon also extends to religious extremists wanting separate buses and streets and erasing women's photos from news stories.
Of course people are entitled to believe whatever they believe, but in a free, democratic society they cannot be permitted to impose those strange or wonderful beliefs on others.
Christine Flynn deserves a heartfelt aplology.
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