I was on an international flight in the first seat just after first class. A restroom was located just 2 steps from my seat. During flight, the attendants closed and snapped shut a curtain separating the classes and that restroom from the rest of the plane. At one point, the curtain was open and I took 2 steps from my seat to use the restroom. When I exited 60 seconds later, there was a man from first class and a flight attendant waiting just outside who said "if you need to use the restroom again, you have to go to the back of the plane." (Sound familiar?) I told him "I'm just sitting right here" and pointed to my seat just 2 ft away. He said "I understand but you can't use this restroom."
This sounds like social class discrimination in a public area. Is this legal?
A first class restroom reserved for those in First Class, kind of all those seats reserved for First Class - you have no right to a privilege that you did not pay for, kind of like restaurants that only let diners use the facilities, etc.
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Completely legal. Socio-economic status is not a protected 'class' constitutionally.
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There is no such legal action based upon socioeconomic class. If you want to have access to the first class restroom, then buy a first class ticket next time. You have no case.
There is no legal recourse for social class discrimination. That's why they call it first class, business class and coach. They pay more and get more privileges. Poor people always are discriminated against. That is how politicians keep their jobs.
No, it does not sound familiar. "Familiar" would be you paid for a first class seat and were not allowed to use first class amenities because of your race. This sounds like you paid for what you got. Get over it. Other people paid more in part for the convenience of a short walk to the restroom and no wait, and you were not discriminated against for anything because you could have done so as well. There is no law against "social class discrimination". If you have no money, you are denied the right to shop. If you have more money, you can pay for better transportation. And this would not be "social class discrimination" because if you could scrape up the money by any means possible including loans or even theft, you would have been sold the seat next to a billionaire if you paid for it.
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