On a flight from Johannesburg, a middle-aged, well-off white South African lady has found herself sitting next to a black man. She called the cabin crew attendant over to complain about her seating.
“What seems to be the problem Madam?” asked the attendant.
“Can’t you see?” she said, “You’ve sat me next to a black man. I can’t possibly sit next to this disgusting human. Find me another seat!”
“Please calm down, Madam,” the stewardess replied. “The flight is very full today, but I’ll go and check to see if we have any seats available in club or first class.”
The woman cocks a snooty look at the outraged black man beside her.
A few minutes later the stewardess returned with the good news, “Madam, unfortunately, as I suspected, economy is full. I’ve spoken to the cabin services director, and club is also full. However, we do have one seat in first class.”
Before the lady had a chance to answer, the stewardess continued, “It is most extraordinary to make this kind of upgrade and I have had to get special permission from the captain. But, given the circumstances, the captain felt that it was outrageous that someone should be forced to sit next to such an obnoxious person.”
Having said that, the stewardess turned to the black man sitting next to the lady, and said: “So if you’d like to get your things, sir, I have your seat ready for you in the first class.”
At which point, apparently the surrounding passengers stood and gave a standing ovation while the black man walked up to the front of the plane.