British Airways Sued for Sexism

January 26th, 2010 by Pelle Billing

If you haven’t seen this piece of news yet then I highly recommend you to check it out. Mirko Fischer, a business man based in Luxembourg, is suing British Airways after they demanded that he move from his seat next to his pregnant wife, out of fear that he may molest the boy sitting next to him. The airline has a long-standing policy of not allowing men to sit next to children that are flying alone.

This is a summary of what actually took place:

Shortly after all passengers had sat down, having stowed their bags in the overhead lockers, a male steward asked Mr Fischer to change his seat.

Mr Fischer refused, explaining that his wife was pregnant, at which point the steward raised his voice, causing several passengers to turn round in alarm. He warned that the aircraft could not take off unless Mr Fischer obeyed.

Mr Fischer eventually moved seats but felt so humiliated by his treatment that he is taking the airline to court on the grounds of sex discrimination.

It’s kind of amazing that men have accepted this kind of sexism for years and years. As Mr Fischer points out, there is no real basis for having this policy in place:

‘This policy is branding all men as perverts for no reason. The policy and the treatment of male passengers is absolutely outrageous.

‘A plane is a public place  -  cabin crew regularly walk down the aisles and passengers are sat so close to each other. The risk of any abuse is virtually zero.

‘Furthermore statistically children are far more likely to be abused by a member of their family. Does that mean that BA are going to ban children sitting next to their own parents?’

In many ways, men are the last group in society that you are allowed to discriminate against. In light of this fact, Mr Fischer is a real hero for those of us who want gender equality to include men.

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  2. Lux Says:

    Yeah, I have seen that article. Actually I saw the guy some days ago, shopping at Cora-City Concorde.

  3. Jay R Says:

    Bravo, Mr. Fischer!

    There need to be thousands more like Mr. Fischer, and eventually the feminist-inspired pogrom against men’s reputation may whither and die.

  4. hopeless_case Says:

    Bravo, Mr. Fischer!

    There need to be thousands more like Mr. Fischer, and eventually the feminist-inspired pogrom against men’s reputation may whither and die.

    I second the bravo, though I think it is traditional values in this case, and not feminist ones, that need to be challenged.

  5. Danny Says:

    hopeless_case:

    I second the bravo, though I think it is traditional values in this case, and not feminist ones, that need to be challenged.

    True. While there are feminists that do support such sexist measures or would turn a blind eye to them (because its not harming women primarily) they didn’t start this.

  6. Douglas Says:

    Hopefully Mr. Fischer wins against BA. My only question is why Mr. Fischer didn’t sue as well for Defamation? British Airways clearly engages in Character Assasination every time they insist a male passenger move in circumstances like that.

    It’s outrageous that post 9/11 airlines like BA, Air New Zealand, Qantas and USAirways won’t treat a Muslim passenger as a potential terrorist, but they’ll readily treat male passengers as potential pedophiles. Just pathetic.

  7. frankie Says:

    It doesn’t matter if feminists started this or not, they would happily provide those so called “statistics” about the “evil” deeds done by men. Feminists have been and will continue to be a big contributing factor to how our society treat men badly!


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