Teaching assistant, Beth Evans, and her boyfriend, Josh Moran, were kicked off an Emirates airline to Dubai, after a flight stewardess overheard Evans complaining about her sore stomach, due to menstruation.
Evans, 24, and her boyfriend Moran, 26, were forced off the £400 Emirates flight from Birmingham to Dubai, few minutes before take-off, just because Evans was heard complaining of cramps!
Upon hearing of the passenger’s discomfort, the air hostess raised concerns over her condition and initiated a series of questions, which made Evans feel “uncomfortable”.
Due to the unavailability of a doctor in-flight, the crew insisted Evans get some medical assistance off-board, before she could get back on her flight to Dubai.
The boyfriend told The Sun, “They didn’t have anyone look her over. They just contacted a medical team in the US and they said Beth couldn’t fly.”
Maron furiously added, “To be kicked off for period pains, it was madness! Beth was in tears and getting upset when the hostess was asking her questions.
“It’s embarrassing to have to explain about period pains when it’s being overheard.”
Evans described her menstrual discomfort to be “one on a scale of ten.” When speaking to The Sun, she claimed that although she was in pain, she was perfectly capable of taking the seven-hour long flight from Birmingham to Dubai.
In response to this incident, an Emirates spokesman told the Sun, “The passenger alerted crew that she was suffering from discomfort and pain and mentioned she was feeling unwell.”
“The captain made the decision to request medical support and offload Ms Evans so she could access medical assistance.
We would not have wanted to endanger Ms Evans by delaying medical help had she worsened during the flight.”
A WHO report on international travel and health specifically affirms, “Airlines have the right to refuse to carry passengers with conditions that may worsen, or have serious consequences, during the flight.”
It also states, “If cabin crew suspect before departure that a passenger may be ill, the aircraft’s captain will be informed and a decision taken as to whether the passenger is fit to travel, needs medical attention or presents a danger to other passengers and crew or to the safety of the aircraft.”
As there are no laws that force airlines to refund ticket price if they refuse to carry a passenger, the furious couple had no other choice than to add another £250 to re-book their flight to Dubai.