Did EK Remove A Passenger Because Of Menstrual Pain?
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Emirates removed a 24-year-old British woman and her boyfriend from a flight to Dubai before takeoff, allegedly because a flight attendant overheard a conversation between the pair in which the woman complained about minor menstrual cramps.
Beth Evans told London’s Sun that she and her boyfriend, Joshua Moran, 26, were ordered off the flight before takeoff from Birmingham after an attendant had concerns over Evans’ conversation.
Moran said it was “madness” to have been evicted, especially as his girlfriend had rated the pain only ‘1 out of 10.’
“Beth was in tears and getting upset when the hostess was asking her questions,” Moran said. “It’s embarrassing to have to explain about period pains when it’s being overheard.”
In a statement carried by the Washington Post, Emirates said it had “offloaded” Evans because of “a medical emergency.”
“The passenger alerted the crew onboard that she was suffering from discomfort and pain and mentioned that she was feeling unwell,” it stated.
“The captain made the decision to request medical support and offload Ms. Evans so she could access medical assistance as needed. The safety of our passengers and crew is of paramount importance, and we would not have wanted to endanger Ms. Evans by delaying medical help had she worsened during the seven-hour flight to Dubai.
“We hope Ms. Evans felt better soon and look forward to welcoming her onboard again soon.”
The couple insist that they were conversing privately and the attendant simply overheard Evans talking to her boyfriend about her discomfort. She says it would not have been a problem on the flight. To add insult to injury they were asked to pay $440 each to reschedule the trip.