KLM discriminated against woman forced to move away from Orthodox Jew

Published by RFI.FR

Summary generated on August 12, 2020

    Dutch airline KLM discriminated against a woman by forcing her to move seats on a plane when an Orthodox Jewish man refused to sit next to her, a rights watchdog has ruled.

    The case was brought by Dutch MP Ronald van Raak after the incident involving his wife on a flight from New York to Amsterdam in May 2019.

    The woman, who was traveling with her husband SP MP Ronald van Raak, was assigned a seat on the flight to New York next to an Orthodox Jewish man who said his faith forbade him to sit next to a woman.

    Socialist MP van Raak said he was satisfied with the ruling and called on KLM to change its procedures.

    KLM, which is part of the Franco-Dutch Air France-KLM company, was not immediately available for comment.