Well, gang, it’s happened again: a woman named Mary Campos was forced to change her seat on a United Airlines flight because two Pakistani monks didn’t want their airspace polluted by women. Before boarding a flight to Houston, Campos was given a new boarding pass by the gate agent, who explained, “The two gentlemen seated next to you have cultural beliefs that prevent them for sitting next to, or talking to or communicating with females.”
Cultural beliefs, my tuchas! It’s religion, Jake, and United compliantly rolled over on its belly and capitulated. Campos felt she had no choice, and so she moved. Further, the female flight crew was prohibited from serving the monks. (The monks we wearing orange, so I have no idea whether they were Buddhists or of another faith.)
Campos wrote a letter of complaint to the CEO of United (part of her text, which is very good, is in the screenshot below) and heard—nothing. You can see the story on the Los Angeles station CBS2 by clicking the screenshot below. The station, however, got a lame-ass response when writing to United:
A company spokesperson wrote, in part:
“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.”
Well, if they have zero tolerance for discrimination, they should fire the gate agent and give some re-education to the crew of that flight. That response is really a non-response.
Click to see the story and video:
The station asked Campos, a senior consultant to the oil and gas industry, if she planned to sue United, and Campos said this:
[The reporter Stacey] Butler asked Campos if she intended on suing the airline and she said that was not her intention. But she did want two things from United.
- Apologize to every female that was on that plane, including their employees.
- Change their policy. Campos said if she didn’t get those things, she would do whatever she had to do to protect women’s rights.
You go, Ms. Campos! That’s an eminently reasonable pair of requests. It’s time for this ridiculous religiously-based discrimination to stop. I’ve reported it here over and over again, and it’s involved Jews, Muslims, and now, perhaps, Buddhists. I’m tired of it, and women must be even more ticked off. It’s unconscionable and, in fact, I’m going to make one of my rare direct tweets to United Airlines. You’re invited to join me: