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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

Haredi plane passenger refused to sit next to woman on Canadian airline

Here we have another example of a Haredi gender bigot who insulted a lady's intellect, this time on a plane route to Canada:
A former Halifax chef wants an apology from Porter Airlines, alleging she was asked to move from her seat to accommodate a man who did not want to sit beside a woman for religious reasons.

Christine Flynn, 31, said she was buckled in and waiting for Porter Airlines Flight 121 from Newark, N.J. to Toronto to take off early on Monday morning when an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man approached.

"He came down the aisle, he didn't actually look at me … or make eye contact. He turned to the gentleman across the aisle and said, 'Change.'"

Flynn said she was confused at first, wondering why the man was speaking to the other passenger and gesturing toward her. The man didn't speak to her directly, but Flynn said it's clear to her that he didn't want to sit next to her because she's a woman.

Flynn said she might have been willing to accommodate the man had he spoken to her directly and politely asked her to switch seats. She admits language may have been a factor — saying his English "wasn't terrific" — but said his refusal to even make eye contact was offensive.

"He could have made a plan, he could have put in a request," Flynn said in an interview Wednesday on CBC Radio's Metro Morning. "When someone doesn't look at you, and when someone doesn't acknowledge you as person because of your gender, you're a lot less willing to be accommodating.

"Leaving it to the last minute and expecting me to move is appalling. He's expecting me to fall in to that archetypical feminine role and acquiesce."
I'd say she's right to refuse such an insulting request if the dummy wasn't even willing to look her direct in the eye. After somebody else was willing to change seats with the man, she said:
Flynn says she's frustrated she was asked to move and upset others on the flight were willing to help the man.
She's right about this too. They should not have to assist a gender bigot any more than they would assist a racist. When will some people learn?

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