This story comes from Freedoms Phoenix, January 30, 2012:
This happened on TAM airlines.
A 50-something year old white woman arrived at her seat and saw that the passenger next to her was a black man.
Visibly furious, she called the air hostess.
“What’s the problem, m’am?” the hostess asked her.
“Can’t you see?” the lady said – “I was given a seat next to a black man. I can’t seat here next to him. You have to change my seat.”
– “Please, calm down, m’am” – said the hostess.
“Unfortunately, all the seats are occupied, but I’m still going to check if we have any.”
The hostess left and returned some minutes later.
“Madam, as I told you, there isn’t any empty seat in this class- economy class.
But I spoke to the captain and he confirmed that there isn’t any empty seats in the economy class. We only have seats in the first class.”
And before the woman said anything, the hostess continued,
“Look, it is unusual for our company to allow a passenger from the economy class change to the first class.
However, given the circumstances, the commandant thinks that it would be a scandal to make a passenger travel sat next to an unpleasant person.”
And turning to the black man, the hostess said:
“Which means, Sir, if you would be so nice to pack your handbag, we have reserved you a seat in the first class…”
And all the passengers nearby, who were shocked to see the scene started applauding, some standing on their feet.”
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Commentary: The marketplace of ideas just won a victory in the skies. A bigoted traveler was met by a quick-thinking flight attendant who peacefully exerted her power to improve the lives of travelers during their flight by separating the bigot from the black man seated beside her…by upgrading the seat of the black man to first class.
Anyone who still thinks that the government is needed to keep people from discriminating against minorities must not be aware that the government instituted Jim Crowe. The uninhibited marketplace is where you’ll find the peaceful evolution.