Monday, July 30, 2007

Leaving Italy

A group flying on a Brtish Airways flight from Italy to Qatur caused a commotion on the runway because they didn't like the assigned seats. They caused an over 2 hour delay before they got booted off.
Three Arab princesses were thrown off a packed British Airways flight after refusing to sit next to male passengers they didn't know.

The dispute - in which the three princesses from the ultra-conservative Qatar royal family demanded segregated seating - left the London-bound plane delayed on a baking Italian runway for nearly three hours.

The women, all relatives of the oil-rich emir of Qatar, Bader Bin Khalifa Al Thani, were booked into business class in a party of eight which included the emir and an entourage of cooks, servants and other staff.

After passengers had fastened their seat-belts and the plane had taxied on to the runway, two male passengers in the entourage got up to protest about where the women were sitting.

It's somewhat reminiscent of the "I can't ring that up" story from a Target store. But not exactly.

The story is very different in that the women didn't complain, some male muslim
nutcase (who probably could have just switched seats with her) complained.

The interpersonal dynamics going on in this story makes this story actually
interesting. Those muslim nutcases remind me so much of rednecks "defending their womenfolks".

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