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Good, Screw You Sheikh Yabootie

Friday, July 27, 2007

From yahoo:
MILAN (Reuters) - A Qatar sheikh held up a British Airways flight at Milan's Linate airport for nearly three hours after discovering three of his female relatives had been seated next to men they did not know.

When none of the other business class passengers agreed to swap seats, the sheikh, a member of Qatar's ruling family, went to the pilot, who had already started the engine, to complain, an airport official said.

But the pilot ordered him and his travelling companions, the three women, two men, a cook and a servant, off the plane.

The London-bound flight took off nearly three hours behind schedule on Thursday evening and around 50 of the 115 passengers missed connecting flights.

Traditions in the conservative Gulf Arab region bar women from mixing with unrelated men.
Look, I am the most polite frequent flyer in the world. And I'd have swapped seats for you (even a window seat in mid-cabin for one near the serving station) in a second. And that is simply because you asked, not because you're stuck in the 12th century with 19th century robber baron cash in the 21st century transportation market.

But because it's the polite thing to do - help people of other cultures be comfy. (You can look it up on wikipedia, Sheikh, because you probably have unfiltered porn-friendly internet, unlike your poor subjects there in triple word score land.)

But, my man, you made 50 people miss their connecting flights. That may be 50 families that have to wait a day to see daddy or mommy. You suck.

   

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