Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Standing up to save a life

Elin Ersson, 21, is a university student in Gothenburg, Sweden. When she learned that an immigrant was about to be deported and flown back to Afghanistan, she bought a ticket on the same plane, boarded, and refused to sit down until the deportee was removed from the flight. She knew the plane could not take off until all passengers were seated. Using her phone, she live-streamed herself during the entire incident. Airline personnel asked her to sit down, but she refused, explaining that the man would be killed in Afghanistan. When asked why, she said, "Because it's Afghanistan."

Many passengers were upset by the delay. They criticized her, but she told them a man's life is more important than a schedule. She never sat down, and after two hours, the deportee left the plane with his three security guards. Elin then sat down, and a few passengers applauded her courage, especially since she may face six months in jail for disobeying a flight attendant. The immigrant is expected to be deported at a later date.

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