This sounds like the situation on airplanes with orthodox jewish males who refuse to sit next to a woman .
In the Chicago case, the over-weight, bearded (!!) male fell asleep and then , of course) apparently leaned on the well-dressed female sitting next to him.
She did the right thing...based on the old, fat gent's appearance.
The TV reports said the female was an elderly woman. In fact she appeared to be younger than the fat guy sitting next to her. Incidentally, the fat guy wasn't called by the TV reports a fat old man.
More sexism on the planes...