On a Northwest Airways flight from Atlanta, a well attired middle-aged woman found herself sitting next to a man wearing a kippa (‘yarmulka’ in Yiddish).
She called the attendant over to complain about her seating.
‘What seems to be the problem, Madam?’ asked the attendant.
‘You’ve sat me next to a Jew!! I can’t possibly sit next to this strange man. Please find me another seat!’
‘Madam, I will see what I can do to accommodate,’ the attendant replied, ‘but the flight is virtually full today and I don’t know if there is another seat available.’
The woman shoots a snooty look at the snubbed Jewish man beside her (not to mention the surrounding passengers).
A few minutes later the attendant returned and said, ‘Madam, the economy and club sections are full, however, we do have one seat in First Class.’
Before the lady had a chance to respond, the attendant continued, ‘It is only on exceptions that we make this kind of upgrade, and I had to ask permission from the captain. But, given the circumstances, the captain felt that no one should be forced to sit next to an unpleasant person…’
The flight attendant turned to the Jewish man sitting next to her, and said: ‘So if you’d like to get your things, sir, I have a comfortable seat for you in First Class…’
At this point, the surrounding passengers stood up and gave a standing ovation while the Jewish man walked up to the front of the plane.
The lady then said indignantly, ‘The Captain must have made a mistake..’
To which the attendant replied, ‘No Ma’am. Captain Lipschitz never makes a mistake.’