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A California woman was given a new seat assignment when she arrived to board a United Airlines flight. The reason? “Pakistani monks” who didn’t want to sit next to a “female.”

 . . . a gate agent handed her a new boarding pass just before she got on a flight to Houston last Monday.

“He said this is your new seat,” Campos said, “And I said, ‘Excuse me?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know how to tell you this’” . . .

And the agent told her, “The two gentlemen seated next to you have cultural beliefs that prevent them for sitting next to, or talking to or communicating with females.”

The passenger wrote a letter to United’s CEO looking for an explanation, and received no reply. A CBS affiliate reporter who followed up  was told

“We regret that Ms. Campos was unhappy with the handling of the seat assignments on her flight. United holds its employees to the highest standards of professionalism and has zero tolerance for discrimination.”

Which is of course untrue. The airline practices discrimination against women in order to accommodate Pakistani men and their preferences. They not only changed the confirmed seat of the female passenger, but kept female staff members from approaching or speaking to the “Pakistani monks.” Paul Bois writing for Truth Revolt has pointed out that  “since Islam has no monastic orders, the two monks  may have been some sect of Buddhism or Jainism.”

United Airlines is the parent company of Shuttle America, the commuter airline on which a flight attendant horribly  discriminated against a whining crybaby Muslim woman –one Tahera Ahmad, the Muslim chaplain at Northwestern University –by  opening her can of diet coke! The distraught Muslim victim, who is probably suffering from PTSD as a result of her ordeal, demanded and received an apology from the company.   The repulsive Islamophobic flight attendant has been reassigned to a job where she doesn’t have to deal with this crap isn’t in direct contact with customers. So it’s possible that United is simply weary and leery of crossing the special snowflakes with their malicious prejudices and demands.

But lines must be drawn somewhere, and it seems reasonable to establish the precedent that those who must segregate themselves from the dread “female” –about half the population of planet Earth –should get themselves a private jet. Or maybe stay home.

How about if a Saudi arrived for his flight with his Filippina housemaid in a pet carrier that he wanted to check with the rest of his luggage? Well obviously that’s a ridiculous analogy: Saudis don’t take commercial flights unless they intend to fly the plane into a building, killing everyone on board and thousands of people on the ground.

So how about if members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) wanted  United,  or any other airline, to remove  African American passengers or crew? Members of the FLDS Church believe all Blacks are  descendants of the biblical Cain, and are responsible for the introduction of evil into the world. And that they cannot be “mixed with” therefore.  Would United change the seat assignments of African Americans to accommodate FLDS members? Would they keep African American crew members away from them?

Not likely. The FLDS could kick up as big a fuss as they liked, and hire all the attorneys from the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center combined, to argue that it violates the religious liberty of the FLDS members to be subjected to the presence of African Americans. I suspect that the FLDS members would still end up doing a lot of driving if they want to travel.

So let’s not be coy with the bigots who believe that air carriers are obliged to humor the tenets of their backward belief systems. Women are everywhere. And we’re not going away to accommodate the teachings of someone else’s guru, or master, or prophet.

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