Beyond The Pale: Redhead Told She’s Too White To Fly
This story reminds us of the old
joke that if you look like your passport photo you’re probably not well enough
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.
“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.