Inconvenience . . .

I was listening to a Jewish podcast this weekend (as one like me does) and there was an amazing story about a woman flying El Al who gave up her seat on a flight and then, after discussing the reason why (her gender) decided to sue the airline for discrimination.

I don't, to clarify, think it was discrimination (another passenger made a request to not sit next to a woman, the airline offered the female passenger an upgrade to vacate her seat, she accepted). While this gets at a much larger issue of religion and society (things I won't touch here) it raised a very interesting discussion inside our car (my ladies were with me - one even sitting RIGHT NEXT TO ME).

All three of us had different takes on this situation.

  1. The kid didn't care. That is essentially a quote/the entirety of her comment.
  2. I thought it was handled fine - that the airline coming to ask the woman to move with an improved situation waiting for her was ideal.
  3. The third person in the car thought the fact that the guy was even indulged in this was nuts.
I should clarify this woman loves and is marrying a Jew. This is not about his religion or beliefs. Her concern - which was very well received after she elaborated - was that if this guy doesn't want to sit next to a woman (or a skinny person next to a fat, or an elbow-rest-lover next to an equal-rights-for-equal-elbow neighbor, etc.) then he should have purchased a second seat to ensure he was not next to someone he didn't want to be with.

She felt that to even approach the woman to move - to a better seat or otherwise - was not right and should be avoided. I still think there is a grey area where we can ask people to be kind and giving and accommodating (on a plane, a train, an automobile, or anywhere else) then we should do it. Ask for kindness and cooperation. See if it comes back around. See if it can make life better.