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Flyer Wants Apology After Monks Make Her Change Seats

She says the Pakistani monks weren't allowed to sit next to women
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2016 1:49 PM CDT
Woman Says Airline Made Her Move Seats for Monks
   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

(Newser) – A California woman is seeking an apology after she says United Airlines forced her to change seats because two Pakistani monks refused to sit next to a woman. "I thought I lived in a culture where women were equal to men," Mary Campos tells CBS Los Angeles. She says she was about to board a flight to Houston last month when she was informed by a gate agent that her pre-booked seat had been switched. She says the agent told her the men in the seats next to hers had "cultural beliefs that prevent them from sitting next to, or talking to, or communicating with females." Campos says she was told the men were Pakistani monks and that the female flight crew weren't allowed to serve them.

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Campos wrote a letter to the CEO of United Airlines. She was told the company would look into the incident, but she never heard back again. She tells CBS she wants United to apologize to every woman who was on her flight and then change their policy to protect women's rights and make sure it doesn't happen again. (Read more air travel stories.)

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