A Southern California woman is in shock after United Airlines moved her to another seat on her flight because two Muslim men refused to sit next to her due to their beliefs regarding women.
A million-mile flier, Mary Campos — a mom who lives in Coto de Caza — said she thought she’d seen it all.
Until a gate agent handed her a new boarding pass just before she got on a flight to Houston last Monday.
“He said this is your new seat,” Campos said, “And I said, ‘Excuse me?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know how to tell you this’”
She said she continued by saying, “Yes?”
And the agent told her, “The two gentlemen seated next to you have cultural beliefs that prevent them for sitting next to, or talking to or communicating with females.”
She was shocked.
“I thought I lived in a culture where women were equal to men,” she says.
Campos is a senior consultant in the oil and gas industry.
She said she had no choice but to take her new seat assignment.
That’s when she said she wrote a letter to the CEO of United Airlines.
The letter said, in part, “What if I were handicapped, or transgender?” she wrote. “What if your entire crew were female? Any belief that prevents individuals from interacting with females should not travel on commercial aircraft.”
United issued a statement on the incident:
“We regret that Ms. Campos was unhappy with the handling of the seat assignments on her flight. United holds its employees to the highest standards of professionalism and has zero tolerance for discrimination.”
Campos does not intend to sue the airline but she reportedly wants United to apologize to every woman on the plane.
Source: CBS LA