Airline makes woman, 81, move seat when religious man refuses to sit next to a female

Airline makes woman, 81, move seat when religious man refuses to sit next to a female
Published: 2016 February 29 12:11:39 (9426 Views)
A woman plans to sue an airline after staff asked her to move because a religious man refused to sit next to her.

Renee Rabinowitz was asked to change seats on an E1 A1 flight from Newark to Tel Aviv when an ultra-orthodox Hasidic man objected to his seat, assigned next to her.

Ms Rabinowitz is an 81-year-old retired lawyer whose family relocated to Israel while fleeing Nazi rule during World War Two.

She said: 'Despite all my accomplishments – I felt minimised.'

'I think to myself, here I am, an older woman, educated, I've been around the world, and some guy can decide that I shouldn't sit next to him. Why?' she told New York Times.



Many ultra-Orthodox males see even the most inadvertent contact with a female who isn't their wife as verboten under strict interpretation of the Torah.

Despite thinking the request was sexist Ms Rabinowitz, who walks with a stick due to bad knees, reluctantly agreed to move.

No reports of the interaction mention any suggestion that the male passenger should move seats.

Defending their actions without commenting on Ms Rabinowitz's treatment, E1 A1 said their flight staff deal with a vast array of passengers, who have varying beliefs and needs.

'In the cabin, the attendants receive different and varied requests and they try to assist as much as possible, the goal being to have the plane take off on time and for all the passengers to arrive at their destination as scheduled.'

Ms Rabinowitz's legal representation Israel Religious Action Centre argue she was discriminated against based on her gender.



Source - Metro

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