a friend told me this story that happened a few days ago aboard middle east airlines - it seems that a woman made a big fuss refusing to take her seat because the passenger next to her was an ethiopian helper - what is really sad, is that the captain and the crew agreed to give her another seat!!
i wish i was aboard that flight to tell the captain the tale of the racist passenger - it is said that a racist passenger on a british airways flight from johannesburg objects to being seated next to a black man - she asks for another seat, the flight attendant says the flight is full, but that she'll check - she later returns to say there is one seat in first class and that the captain of the plane has approved a transfer to that seat because he feels that someone should not have to sit next to such an obnoxious person - the flight attendant then turns to the black man and invites him to the first class seat to the cheers and applause of other passengers.
whether true or not, this story gives you the chills! i believe middle east airlines had a golden opportunity to show the world, once again, that people are equal no matter where they come from or look like.
i loved the ending of the british airways article i read, it says "people forget what you said, people forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel"...
such a shame!