US woman claims she was told to change airline seats due to her gender

Mary Campos was allegedly told she could not sit in her pre-booked seat

US woman claims she was told to change airline seats due to her gender

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A woman in the US was given a different airline seat, after two men allegedly refused to sit with her.

CBS Los Angeles reports Mary Campos pre-booked her ticket with United Airlines for a flight to Houston.

However she said she was given another one at the departure gate, and told her seat was gone.

When asked why her seat was changed, she said she was told the two gentlemen seated next to her had "cultural beliefs" that prevented them for sitting next to, talking to or communicating with women.

Ms Campos said she was told the men were Pakistani monks.

She said she felt she had no choice but to take her new seat, and wrote a letter of complaint afterwards.

In her letter she asked: "What if I were handicapped or transgender? What if your entire flight crew were female? Any belief that prevents individuals from interacting with females should not travel on commercial aircraft."

A company spokesperson wrote to CBS Los Angeles, saying: "We regret that Ms Campos was unhappy with the handling of the seat assignments on her flight.

"United holds our employees to the highest standards of professionalism and has zero tolerance for discrimination."