Toronto resident Christine Flynn was seated on a Porter Airlines flight bound for Toronto from Newark, New Jersey, when a man who according to Ms. Flynn appeared to an ultra-orthodox Jew, declined to set beside her because she is a woman.
A flight attendant asked Flynn if she would change seats, which Flynn refused, she has now requested an apology from Porter Airlines for the situation.
This is not the first time religious beliefs have conflicted with air travel, or airport safety however.
Last year Hindu priests refused to be screened by female border guards at Toronto’s Pearson Airport, while at York University a Muslim male student refused to participate in a class group project because female students were involved, the professor demanded the student participate, but the university backed the male student.
Rights and religion. When they collide, who has the right of way?