Airline Forces Passenger to Move Seat – Because She’s a Woman


Southern Californian and senior consultant in the oil and gas industry Mary Campos was a passenger on a pre-booked flight with United Airlines where she was rudely discriminated against. Her original seating had to be rearranged, because the two Pakistani monks near her are not allowed to talk or interact with females as part of their culture. The female flight crew members were also not allowed to serve the monks.

On the a flight to Houston last Monday, a United Airlines gate agent handed the mother from Coto de Caza a new boarding pass explaining the situation. A million-mile flier, Campos was shocked that such a ridiculous policy is allowed.

“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… the two gentlemen seated next to you have cultural beliefs that prevent them for sitting next to, talking to or communicating with females.’”

Disappointingly, Campos was forced to take her new seating assignment, one she did not pay for. “I thought I lived in a culture where females were equal to men,” she said.

In a penned letter to United, Campos writes “What if I were handicapped or transgender? What if your entire flight crew were female? Any belief that prevents individuals from interacting with females should not travel on commercial aircraft.” She demanded an apology for every female that was on that plane, and that they change their policy. “We can’t discriminate against half the population,” Campos said, “for a belief from another nation.”

The airline’s response was that they would look into it, but have not reached back to Campos since.

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