Perhaps you’ve heard about the disgraceful spectacle of extraordinarily dogmatic Jewish men refusing to be seated on an airplane next to a woman. It’s a revolting exhibition of religiously-sanctioned bigotry, but there you have it…people are allowed to be bigots. We don’t usually make special accommodations for bigoted ideas, though.
But I have a solution. A simple solution.
If those ultra-orthodox men want to control who occupies the seat next to them, require them to purchase the seat. Easy. Plan ahead. If you don’t pay for the seat — heck, if you don’t buy out the whole row — you have no right to dictate who gets to sit there.
There’s even precedent: some airlines require overweight passengers to purchase two seats. Invoke the same principle and require Haredi passengers to book two.
This wouldn’t even have to be that onerous, financially. Another solution is to partner together multiple Haredi men to purchase seats a row at a time, and have them sit together. No extra cost for the individual, then. And everyone wins — the other people on the plane don’t have to sit next to demented Orthodox assholes.
See? I shoulda been a rabbi.