‘YOU CAN SIT NEXT TO OPPOSITE SEX’
THE umbrella body for central Orthodox rabbis in the United States passed a resolution only last month explaining that on a plane, Jews are “permitted to sit next to a member of the opposite sex who is not a relative even when this unintentionally causes physical contact”.
The Rabbinical Council of America advised people who did not want sit next to members of the opposite sex to buy extra seats around them. But “one should avoid asking a person in an adjacent seat in a public venue to move because that person is a member of the opposite sex”, the RCA stated.
If asked to move in such circumstances, you may “politely and firmly refuse, thereby reinforcing the proper behavioural norm between the sexes in such venues”.
But if such a request is made “unobtrusively and courteously”, you can agree to it at your own discretion.