This happened on a British Airways flight from Johannesburg to 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 responded. ‘ You placed me next to a black man. I will not sit next to someone from such a repugnant group. Give me an alternative seat.’
”Be calm please,’ the white hostess replied. ‘Almost all the places on this Flight is 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 no seat in business class, but there is just one seat available in first class.’
The white hostess continued: ‘It is not our company policy to permit someone from the economy class to sit in the first class. However, given the extreme situation, the captain feels that it would be scandalous to make a passenger sit next to someone so disgusting.’
The other passengers sat in silence, numbed by the shocking discrimination.
She then turned to the black guy, and said, *’Therefore, Sir, if you would like to, please collect your hand baggage. A seat awaits you in first class.’*
The crew of BA got a standing ovation from the other passengers.