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What would you have done?

Old Mar 24, 13, 1:39 am
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What would you have done?

Hello,
I am Israeli and my mom is too(duh) . We were travelling to Budapest and on the plane a person came to us. He announced he was Hungarian and anti semitic person. He said he hates Israel he hates us hates Jews etc... bla bla bla and then boarded the plane. Now what would you have done?
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Old Mar 24, 13, 2:03 am
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What would you have done?

as an American I'd get in his face. but being me of be so shocked to even think what to do right away
did you handle it well?
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Old Mar 24, 13, 6:42 am
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Originally Posted by flymanbeast View Post
Hello,
I am Israeli and my mom is too(duh) . We were travelling to Budapest and on the plane a person came to us. He announced he was Hungarian and anti semitic person. He said he hates Israel he hates us hates Jews etc... bla bla bla and then boarded the plane. Now what would you have done?
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I would have reported this to the crew as for me this is a security risk... You need to think of the what ifs....

I hope you didn't just sit there and did nothing?!

/AE

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Old Mar 24, 13, 6:50 am
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1. Were you traveling from TLV to BUD? If so, wouldn't the whole plane be full of Israelis, and wouldn't the man have just been in Israel himself? I wonder why he singled you two out to receive his diatribe. If it had been me, and the plane had been sitting on the ground in TLV at the time, I probably would have (a) asked him what the hell he was doing in Israel if he hated Israel and Jews so much, and then (b) pointed him out immediately to the crew as a security risk. It would be poetic justice for him to get pulled off the plane and questioned for seven or eight hours by Israeli security.

2. If you weren't in TLV, how did he know you were Israeli? (I can think of a lot of non-Israelis who speak Hebrew.) If the plane was outside Israel at the time, I probably would have just told him to f*** off, notified cabin crew of the situation so they could watch out for him, and carried on with my flight. It stinks, but there are racists and bigots all over the world, and sometimes you have to let things just roll off you.
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Old Mar 24, 13, 6:54 am
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Did this man display any type of physical hostility? Threaten to hurt you? If not, why can't this man have his views? Many Americans hate Muslims, you wouldn't execute someone for saying that. You should have said "Well I'm sorry we don't live you to your standards, but that was very rude," or something else not provoking, but if he should not physical hostility nothing beyond that.
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Old Mar 24, 13, 7:33 am
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ASK Him

Ash him how long he has been out of a mental institution.
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Old Mar 24, 13, 9:35 am
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on the plane a person came to us ... He said he hates Israel he hates us hates Jews etc... bla bla bla and then boarded the plane.
First I would ask how he then boarded the plane when he was already on the plane.

Second I would ignore him as an inconsequential arsehole who is displaying his sphincturality very well to all and sundry, unless he persisted or became physically aggressive. Presumably he is on a plane with mostly Jewish people so it's a different situation to him picking on you when you are isolated.
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Old Mar 24, 13, 9:46 am
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Tell him you would pray for him.
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Old Mar 24, 13, 9:58 am
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He is allowed to hate jews if he wants. It would be best just to avoid the guy.
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Old Mar 24, 13, 10:06 am
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I would have just laughed at him. That's about what he deserves: ridicule.
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Old Mar 24, 13, 10:32 am
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I am sorry for you that you experienced that hate. I am sorry for him that he lives with that hate. He must be miserable-and deserves it for holding on to that.

You should not have to experience that.
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Old Mar 24, 13, 11:02 am
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Definitely would have gone to the crew and reported him. Said I feared what this man might do if he sat there and stewed about it for awhile, especially if he had a few drinks and I was afraid he might escalate. Would have loved to see him removed from that plane. Boy, he would really have hated Jews after that and it would have served him right to be questioned by security for awhile, especially if you were in TLV. And miss his flight home.
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Old Mar 24, 13, 11:22 am
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Quietly called flight crew, as I would think such a person poses a risk to the flight and the passengers. Oh my!
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Old Mar 24, 13, 12:15 pm
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For those who did not read the post fully, the OP is Israeli they did not say they were in Israel. As such, given that FT is mostly a USA based crowd I am going to guess they are flying to Budapest from the USA.

As for what to do - as several had said. Say nothing but then alert the flight crew as to what was said and let them decide what to do.
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Old Mar 24, 13, 12:26 pm
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Was this on the plane or before boarding? Your post isn't clear.

The guy isn't fit to fly, obviously. He's drunk or insane. If in the US before boarding, well then, I'd have finally found a use for the TSA...

He can go home as a deportee, in handcuffs, accompanied by an air marshal.
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