JrMafia90 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 216 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 19056 times:
I saw this posted somewhere on the Internet. Can anybody confirm if it's true. So here it is:
scene took place on a BA (British Airways) flight between Johannesburg and London. A white woman, about 50 years old, was seated next to a black man. Obviously disturbed by this, she called the air hostess.
"Madam, what is the matter," the hostess asked.
"You obviously do not see it then?" she
"You placed me next to a black man. I do not agree to sit next to someone from such a repugnant group. Give me an alternative seat."
"Be calm please," the hostess replied. "Almost all the places on this flight are taken. I will go to see if another place is available."
The Hostess went away and then came back a few minutes later.
"Madam, just as I thought, there are no other available seats in the economy class. I spoke to the captain and he informed me that there is also no seat in the business class. All the same, we still have one place in the first class."
Before the woman could say anything, the hostess continued, "It is not usual for our company to permit someone from the economy class to sit in the first class. However, given the circumstances,
the captain feels that it would be scandalous to make someone sit next to someone so disgusting."
She turned to the black man and said "Therefore, Sir, if you would like to, please collect your hand luggage, a seat awaits you in
At that moment, the other passengers who were shocked by what they had just witnessed stood up and applauded. This is a true story. If you are against racism, please repost this message
Newark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 27
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 18668 times:
Quoting N1120A (Reply 13): Um, first off, that is not the average view of Americans. Second, making light of something related to aparthid is not cool. If he knew about history, he would have not made light of it.
He in no way made light of apartheid. He was simply making fun of Europeans in the current day and age over their view of Americans.
OzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2880 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 18653 times:
Quoting Newark777 (Reply 11): Quoting OzGlobal (Reply 9):
What moral should we learn from you?
Oh please, stop trying to compare blatant racism with just poking fun at Europeans. The moral is that you shouldn't take everything so seriously, and you should get a sense of humor.
I'm not offended, just confused by the mixed messages being sent. The difficulty is understanding when blatant bigotry toward any race or culture should be accepted as a joke just because the offender declares it to be so. Racism and cultural bigotry differ only in degree, not essence. It's natural to "have a sense of humour" when your jokes are at others' expense.
When all's said and done, there'll be more said than done.
N1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 29354 posts, RR: 73
Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 18649 times:
Quoting Newark777 (Reply 11): stop trying to compare blatant racism with just poking fun at Europeans.
Well, considering that it was a European who showed this kind of kindness (the BA F/A), from a country that has a general population that is overwhelmingly against US policy, I would think they could seperate this.
Mangeons les French fries, mais surtout pratiquons avec fierte le French kiss
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 18614 times:
Excerpted from the Snopes link in reply #6...
Origins: That all of the preceeding tales are likely apocryphal doesn't lessen our enjoyment of them. It's a rare traveller indeed who hasn't good-naturedly faced a long delay at check-in only to see some jerk try to jump to the head of the line, and it's an even rarer individual who hasn't been seated on a flight next to someone he'd like to see sucked out the window.
At different times the stories are circulated anew with their details altered. For instance, the story we recorded in 1998 about the racist woman on the British Airways flights out of Johannesburg came back for another round in 2004, this time purporting to be about a white woman on a flight between Saskatoon and Calgary.
We'd like to believe virtue will be rewarded and the patient among us will eventually get the level of service we deserve. However, bitter reality often goes the other way — it's the squeaky wheel that gets the oil, hence it's the line jumper and obnoxious passenger who receive special treatment, not us. Legends such as the ones above help to set the world to rights. Even if they never happened, we'd like to think they did and thus gain a measure of comfort from them. Somewhere — maybe only in the realm of legend — someone is standing up to horrid people.
Unfortunately, such legends, though they have their uses in helping us feel better about our world, can also prove damaging and hurtful to those tarred by their brush. In 2001, Hubbard Foods of New Zealand, a company that produces breakfast cereal, erred by including the "South African woman seated next to a Black man" legend as a travel story in a children's newsletter inserted in boxes of its product. The tale had been selected for inclusion as an uplifting story imbued with a moral message, and no one thought to check its accuracy.
South Africans living in New Zealand were outraged by it. They saw the leaflet as unfairly painting them as racist, furthering an apartheid-era stereotype that is no longer valid. Hubbard Foods apologized but claimed it was too late and far too expensive to withdraw the boxes from store shelves.
ArmitageShanks From Costa Rica, joined Dec 2003, 3925 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 18392 times:
Jesus Christ people... I'm poking fun at how the world automatically says it's the USA's fault when something negative/bad happens in the world. Hell, my dad is from Europe. I love it over there, but the response is typical.
It's called a joke...
Oh, and Newark777, I added you to my RR list because you get it.
Flighttime From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 18085 times:
There is one of a clutch of urban myths (all broadly similar) that purport to have happened within most major airlines. This is most definitely one of them. Making up juicy stories is just one of the ways we crew help pass long night sectors!