Time for some discipline
A Qatari woman loses her head over a seat
November 30, 2009 12:24 by kippreport
This morning, while Kipp was boarding a Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Dubai, a Qatari woman kicked up an all-mighty fuss over her seat. In all fairness, someone was sitting in her place, but that someone was kicked off another seat because a member of her entourage had taken it.
Kipp had already flown almost eight hours from Singapore to Doha, so we were too tired to concentrate on the commotion. Until, that is, the woman declared in Arabic that even though a perfectly good seat was available close by, she won’t allow a foreigner to take her place, and said: “This plane is not leaving until he gets off my seat.”
The cabin crew pleaded with her, but she insisted, and repeated that she wouldn’t move for a foreigner.
Why wasn’t the woman escorted off the plane? Not only was she causing a commotion, she was also disrespecting other passengers and the cabin crew.
The irony is that after the foreigner moved, she didn’t take her seat. Instead, she sat close to her family in the back, in what Kipp can only assume is someone else’s place.