01 February 2012


A fifty-something year old white woman arrived at her seat and saw that the passenger next to her was a black man.  Visibly furious, she called the flight attendant.

"What's the problem, ma'am?" the attendant asked her.

"Can't you see?" the lady said.  "I was given a seat next to a black man.  I can't sit here next to him.  You have to change my seat."

"Please calm down, ma'am," said the attendant.  "Unfortunately, all the seats are occupied, but I'm still going to check if we have any."

The attendant left and returned some minutes later.  "Ma'am, as I told you, there isn't an empty seat in this class ~ economy class.  I spoke to the captain and he confirmed that there aren't any empty seats in economy class.  We only have seats in first class."

Before the woman said anything, the attendant continued, "Look, it is unusual for our company to allow a passenger from economy class to change to first class.  However, given the circumstances, the captain thinks it would be a scandal to make a passenger travel seated next to an unpleasant person."

Turning to the black man, the attendant said, "Which means, sir, if you would be so nice as to bring your carry-on bag, we have reserved for you a seat in first class."

All the passengers nearby started applauding, some standing on their feet.

NOTE ~ This story may or may not be apocryphal, according to Snopes.  It has been told with reference to various airlines.  That doesn't lessen our enjoyment of the message it conveys.  Here are several similar stories ~

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