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Wonder If This Actually Happened  
User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12241 posts, RR: 35
Posted (10 years 9 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3405 times:
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This one has probably been around before, but I think it is awesome done by BA (true or not)

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On a British Airways flight from Johannesburg, a middle-aged,
well-off white South African lady has found herself sitting next
to a black man. She called the cabin crew attendant over to
complain about her seating.

"What seems to be the problem, Madam?" asked the
attendant.

"Can't you see?" she said, "You've sat me next to a kafir. I
can't possibly sit next to this disgusting human. Find me
another seat!"

"Please calm down, Madam." the stewardess replied. "The
flight is very full today, but I'll tell you what I'll do. I'll
go and check to see if we have any seats available in club or
first class".

The woman cocks a snooty look at the outraged black man
beside her (not to mention many of the surrounding
passengers). A few minutes later the stewardess returns with
the good news, which she delivers to the lady, who cannot help
but look at the people around her with a smug and
self-satisfied grin.

"Madam, unfortunately, as I suspected, economy is full. I've
spoken to the cabin services director, and club is also full.
However, we do have one seat in first class".

Before the lady has a chance to answer, the stewardess
continues: "It is most extraordinary to make this kind of
upgrade, however, and I have had to get special permission
from the captain. But, given the circumstances, the captain felt
that it was outrageous that someone should be forced to sit
next such an obnoxious person."

With that, she turned to the black man and said: "So if you'd
like to get your things, sir, I have your seat ready for you..."

At which point, the surrounding passengers stood and gave a
standing ovation while the man walked to the front of the
plane . . .



911, where is your emergency?
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User currently offlineCanyonBlue From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3387 times:

HA! Who cares if it's true, that is sweet!!!!  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineSydscott From Australia, joined Oct 2003, 2966 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3308 times:


Good old British Airways!!!!!!!!!


User currently offlineDuke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1155 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3072 times:

HA! I knew what would happen! Bravo!!!!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Wow! Big grin

User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2961 times:

Wouldn't really be surprised if it had happened - and if it did: VERY WELL DONE, BA!!! Big grin


Smile - it confuses people!
User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2956 times:

Actually, http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/r/racistpassenger.htm has this listed as "unconfirmed" or "rumor" as they have not been able to prove it one way or the other. On the other hand, it is plausible and, even if false, is a feel-good story!  Big thumbs up

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.  Smokin cool



DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlineBlooBirdie From Lesotho, joined Sep 2003, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 1 day ago) and read 2815 times:

So lying and stereotyping is feel-good?

User currently offlineUpgradeplease From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 1 day ago) and read 2773 times:

BlooBirdie
Yes that is a feel good story. Do you somehow disagree?



Is ignorance something you have to practice or were you blessed that way?
User currently offlineLHR340 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 877 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 1 day ago) and read 2680 times:

Good story, if this is true I bet that lady NEVER flies BA again, outrageous that she demanded an upgrade because of sitting next to someone she didn't like.

LHR340



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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 1 day ago) and read 2670 times:

that's great! still i wonder if it's true.


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User currently offlineAviaction From Germany, joined Nov 2003, 256 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 1 day ago) and read 2632 times:

BlooBirdie
Yes, that indeed is a feel good story!

It makes me believe in the kindness of people and in justice. Even if the whole story is not true, I wish it were. Why do I wish it were true? A very simple answer: If more people showed personal courage instead of looking the other way, this world would be a much better place. Just my very humble opinion!

Do you somehow disagree?



German by nationality, European by heart!
User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3389 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 1 day ago) and read 2630 times:

lol i cant stand those old fartnockers that complain bout every little thing, so i probably woulda done the same thing eh, well done BA!


CanadianNorth



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User currently offlineUpgradeplease From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 1 day ago) and read 2579 times:

Aviaction
Well said but I am sure He will not respond.



Is ignorance something you have to practice or were you blessed that way?
User currently offlineSuspen From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 23 hours ago) and read 2438 times:

This is a really old story that originally took place on a train. Somebody just updated it a little and said it was a BA flight. Whether it was ever true... I don't think anyone can know for sure.  Smile


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User currently offlineKAL744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 22 hours ago) and read 2283 times:

Very good reaction from the crew to that !!!

KAL744


User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 22 hours ago) and read 2167 times:

Ive seen this story several times before with different airlines besides BA...its one of commercial aviation's great urban legends...

Greg



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User currently offlineJeffrito From United States of America, joined May 2001, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 22 hours ago) and read 2134 times:

IMHO Bloobirdie is right to ask "So lying and stereotyping is feel-good?"

We all know it's a feel-good story. But if this incident never happened, doesn't it unfairly serve to reinforce some stereotype of the "middle-aged, well-off white South African lady"?

snopes.com looks at these urban legends sensibly. See this link: http://www.snopes.com/travel/airline/obnox.htm. (Read how publishing this very story backfired on a New Zealand company!)

I hated the way Ronald Reagan had all these stories ("the welfare queen") to sell his programs ... but none of the stories were true.

Or how about the famous story of the lady who spilled the coffee and sued McDonalds? This story is used over and over again to negatively portray lawyers & their greedy clients in a negative light. Here is info about the case: http://www.atlanet.org/ConsumerMediaResources/Tier3/press_room/FACTS/frivolous/McdonaldsCoffeecase.aspx. After reading the info, the story is a bit more complicated than greedy lawyers & clients.

So yea ... sometimes it is important to know whether or not the incident actually happened before letting a story like this reinforce your views of the world.

[Edited 2003-11-26 18:30:56]

User currently offlineVimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1516 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 21 hours ago) and read 2048 times:

I have heard of another anecdote - an exchange which purportedly took place many years ago in Swissair's F/cl cabin. There was this F/cl pax who called one of the stewardesses over and in complete earshot of all, queried.. "since when have Swissair started employing farmers' daughters as stewardesses on Swissair".

The lady flushed, adjusted her skirt and replied equally matter-of-factly... "since farmers like you started flying first class on Swissair, Sir !!".

Along with the BA story above which I've heard before, I have loved this one.

rgds//Vimanav  Smile



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User currently offlineGalvanair777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 9 months 10 hours ago) and read 1872 times:

Its nearly 2004, and people still judge people by Color, That is disgusting and so totally wrong.Congratulations to British Airways if that story was true. If not, then so what, THat woman should be ashamed of herself. Im not black im a white man saying this. But for too long black men and women have had to put up with this crap and as a human being im tired of it.

Thats my two cents



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User currently offlinePl4nekr4zy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 465 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

Amen to that Galvanair!


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User currently offlineQantasclub From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 757 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (10 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 1781 times:

What a fantastic story. I doubt it really happened, though, Bit TOO perfectly scripted. But if it did, then good on BA!


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