Beyond The Pale: Redhead Told She’s Too White To Fly

Open Jaw

This story reminds us of the old joke that if you look like your passport photo you’re probably not well enough to fly.

With her red hair and pale skin, Grace Wain is not an unusual sight in her native Scotland. But her complexion nearly got her banned from an EY flight from MAN to sunny MLE.

Wain, her parents and siblings were leaving Manchester for an Indian Ocean island holiday when the gate agents expressed concerns about her health.

Her parents insisted that she wasn’t sick, just Scottish, but the airline insisted on written proof that she was healthy enough to fly. The family took Grace to an airport paramedic who checked her over and said she was good to go.

That wasn’t enough for the over-motherly Etihad employees, who said they needed a written letter from Grace’s doctor. Luckily, the family was able to reach their family physician, who wrote a one-sentence note assuring Etihad that there was no reason that Grace shouldn’t be allowed to travel.

Father Paul Wain stated the following to the Daily Record.

“Grace was a bit tired and hot andbothered. She was cuddling into her mum in the line. One of the Etihad check-in girls then made the decision that she wasn’t fit to fly based on the fact she was pale in colour and was leaning against her mum.”

Things didn’t get better when EY then lost two of the family’s suitcases, which arrived three days later.

EY’s response:

“Staff were concerned about the wellbeing of a young passenger ahead of a lengthy flight. The team called for a medic who examined the child and requested a ‘fit to fly’ letter from a doctor, allowing the family to board.”

“Our team on the ground continued to provide support ahead of the flight. Unfortunately, when the family arrived, some of their baggage was missing. The airline apologized and took all measures to find and deliver the baggage to the Wain family as soon as possible. Compensation in line with standard guidelines will be provided.”

The Wains aren’t supposed to leave the Maldives until next weekend. You’d better get some sun before that return flight, Grace.





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