No, this isn’t a thread title I’m making jokingly, unfortunately.
I’ll leave out the exact flight and date for now, though find this story to be very interesting.
My mom was flying back from Germany to the US on Lufthansa this past weekend. She was flying a 747 in first class, seated in 81H (the aisle seat in the first row on the upper deck, right behind the cockpit), and seated across the aisle from her was an American guy. The shocking part was that he had a huge swastika tattoo on his arm, which was fully visible thanks to the very short sleeved t-shirt he was wearing.
My mom was obviously shocked and appalled, and also told me that while the crew wasn’t rude to him, they were rather “cold.” My mom said she was incredibly uncomfortable with the whole situation, though thought the situation would only get worse if she complained about it.
This raises the question to me, though, of what would happen if another passenger, be it a Holocaust survivor, Jew, or anyone else, brought this up to the crew or ground staff before departure? Should the neo-Nazi be removed? As far as I can tell there’s no part of the contract of carriage that prohibits something as offensive as a swastika. Or should the passenger making the complaint be removed? That doesn’t seem fair, because using any “normal person standard,” the swastika is beyond offensive.
Thoughts? What would you have done?