Source: Hubbards Clipboard
The following story took place on a British Airways flight from Johaannesburg to London.
A middle-aged, well-off white South African lady had found herself sitting next to a black man. She called the cabin crew attendant over to complain about her seating.
“What seems to be the problem, Madam?”, asked the attendant. “Can’t you see?”, she said. “You’ve sat me next to a kaffir. I can’t possibly sit next to this disgusting human. Find me another seat!”
“Please calm down, Madam”, the stewardess replied. “The flight is very full today, but I’ll tell you what I’ll do. I’ll go and check to see if we have any seats available in business class or first class.”
The woman cocked a snooty look at the ouraged black man beside her (not to mention many of the surrounding passengers). A few minutes later the stewardess returned with the good news, which she delivered to the lady, who could not help but look at the people around her with a smug and self satisfied grin.
“Madam, unfortunately, as I suspected, economy is full. I’ve spoken with the cabin services director and business class is also full. However, we do have one seat in first class”.
Before the lady had a chance to answer, the stewardess continued…”It is most extraordinary to make this kind of upgrade, however, and I have had to get special permission from the captain. But, given the circumstances, the captain felt that it was outrageous that someone be forced to sit next to such an obnoxious person”.
With which the stewardess turned to the black man sitting next to the woman, and said “So if you’d like to get your things, Sir, I have your seat ready for you….”
On hearing this exchange, apparently the surrounding passengers gave a standing ovation while the black gentleman walked up to the front of the aeroplane.