Saturday, July 28, 2007

Rank's Lack of Privileges

A sheik from Qatar held up a British Airways flight at Milan airport for nearly three hours because three of his female relatives had been seated next to men they did not know. No one in business class passengers agreed to swap seats, the sheik, a member of his country's ruling family, went to the pilot, who had already started the engine, to complain. The pilot ordered him and his travelling companions, the three women, two men, a cook and a servant, off the plane.

It's unclear whether the sheik was in business class or he was in First class and the woman in business class. It's also unclear as to whether they tried to book specific seats before they checked in. I'm absolutely certain that this is not the first time an Arab woman has been sat next to someone she didn't know on an aircraft. I guess the sheik like many other 'celebrities' believes his rank has perceived privileges. Apparently in his case they do not.

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