Airlines don’t want passengers onboard who will spread disease or cause a diversion. Flight crew aren’t always best-positioned to judge this, but they’re in a position where they have to. And airlines often do things out of an abundance of caution, although nearly every time you hear that phrase it’s a cover for stupidity.
Beth Evans was flying Emirates from Birmingham in the U.K. to Dubai. She told her boyfriend about her cramps. A flight attendant overheard the conversation and started quizzing her about it.
“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.”
Emirates, though, says of course they wouldn’t have wanted the pain to worsen in flight for the woman’s own good.
“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 few years ago while onboard Cathay Pacific I overheard a business class passenger complaining to a flight attendant during boarding that her skin was having a bad reaction to one of the items in her amenity kit. The woman was removed from the aircraft and not allowed to fly. The last thing Cathay Pacific wanted was a medical emergency inflight causing a diversion.
I’m paranoid about getting sick and wish that sick passengers wouldn’t fly. Or at least if you have a cold or flu that you won’t sit next to me. So I think more people shouldn’t fly rather than fewer.
But this one seems pretty stupid. Indeed my worry is that passengers take away the lesson from such overreactions that they need to prevent crew from knowing when they feel less than well.