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Segregating Pax From Different Countries?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 1:30 am

I was just thinking of a situation where airlines might have pax bound for two countries which, to put it mildly, might not have the best of relationships and what might an airline do in these circumstances.

For example, let's say Lufty on its SIN/BKK/HKG-FRA route has onward connecting pax bound for TLV and others bound for CAI, JED, KWI, even THR or DAM. Will they pay any heed to keeping these pax apart; after all, a pax from Tel Aviv may not necessarily want to find himself sitting in the midst of a group of Iranians (or vice versa).

When airlines are assigning seats to pax, do they bear issues like this in mind?
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RE: Segregating Pax From Different Countries?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 1:36 am

I can just speak for the airline I work for: NO.

When working at the gate, sometimes I did get the question from a female passenger that she would prefer NOT to sit next to a men. This didn't happen very often though, but on all the occasions it was on a flight to an arabic country, or the passenger came from an arabic country.

I always honored the request (of course).

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RE: Segregating Pax From Different Countries?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 2:10 am

God forbid these people end up sitting next to each other. They might find out the the other group are just humans like them. They might even suffer long term psychological damage if some of their long cherished prejudices are left in tatters because they don't live up to reality.

Kaitak, if anything the the airline policy should be the opposite of your line of thought.
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RE: Segregating Pax From Different Countries?

Sat Jun 02, 2007 2:34 am

I know my post will not answer your question, but i would like to share this story with you:

2 years ago, i flew from EWR to TLV on CO84. I was sitting in 44B on the 772 (the very back/last seat)...
I'm an arab (non-muslim), next to me sat (in 44A) a rabbi from Ma'ale Adomim, his name was Shmo'el.... let me put it this way: The flight was a amazing We both chatted about the Israeli/palestinian problem among other religious topics. The converstation was very respectful. At the end of the 1o hour flight, we shook hands wished each other best of luck and parted.

Upon seeing that i will be sitting next to a rabbi, my initial reaction was: WTF????!?!?!?!?!? and i'm pretty sure he had similar thoughts....
10 hours later, if you asked me what i thought, i would've told you: It's been a great mind opening experience and i would love to do it again!

Best of luck to Shmo'el !!!