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Saturday, June 30, 2018 

Austrian airline caves to Haredi group who refused to sit next to women

Coming a week after an offensive incident with El Al, now an Austrian airline's also made the terrible mistake of kowtowing to ultra-Orthodox extremists:
The takeoff of Austrian Airlines flight OS860 from Ben Gurion Airport to Vienna was delayed for 40 minutes Friday because 26 haredi passengers refused to sit in the seats assigned to them. The reason for the sit-off: Some of the haredim were seated next to women.

The pilot came out of the cockpit and persuaded the women to move to other seats. One of them was placed next to an emergency exit.

[...] The haredi group said that it had reserved a concentrated group of seats in a flight scheduled for Thursday but that flight had been cancelled and they were placed on the Friday flight at the last moment, in different seats.
Forget it, I'm not accepting these dumb excuses. They could sit next to women if they wanted to. Instead, they cause harm to public relations and damage their ability to have a comfy ride. It's hugely disappointing that even a European airline's succumbed to this nonsense.

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