24-year-old Beth Evans was recently kicked off an an Emirates flight from Birmingham airport to Dubai because staff overheard her mentioning she had period pain.
Beth’s boyfriend, 26-year-old Joshua Moran, spoke to The Sun about the bizarre incident, which saw the couple forced to spend a further £250 each to rebook their flights, despite the fact they had already paid £400 each for their travel.
It’s claimed that Beth, a teaching assistant, merely mentioned to her partner that she was suffering cramps as a result of her period. Having been overheard by a member of Emirates staff just before takeoff, Beth was then quizzed further on how severe her pain was.
The young woman described her pain as “one out of ten”, but the crew insisted she undergoes a medical check before giving her the okay to stay aboard the seven-hour flight.
When no doctor was immediately available, the couple claims they were forced to disembark the plane. Speaking to The Sun, Beth’s boyfriend Joshua described the decision as “madness”.
“Beth was in tears and getting upset when the hostess was asking her questions,” he added. Staff insisted they were unable to allow her to travel in case her ‘condition’ worsened mid-flight.
Emirates’ side of the story appears to conflict Beth and Joshua’s version of events slightly, however. A spokesman for the airline 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.”