- A 24-year-old woman was kicked off an Emirates flight because crew said she was unfit to fly due to period pain.
- Beth Evans and her boyfriend, Josh Moran, were asked to leave the A380 jet despite being happy to take the journey with the pain Evans described as a “one out of 10.”
- They were forced to pay £250 ($290) to re-book the flight, having already paid £400.
Beth Evans and her boyfriend Josh Moran were kicked off an Emirates A380 jet because the crew determined that she was unfit to fly due to period pain.
The seven-hour flight from Birmingham to Dubai was just minutes from takeoff when an air hostess, who had overheard Evans complain about stomach pains caused by her period, began to ask her questions, according to The Sun.
The crew decided Evans, 24, needed a medical examination before she could fly — but there was no doctor available, so she had to get off the flight.
The decision was made despite the fact that Evans said the pain was only “one out of ten” when sitting down, and she was more than happy to make the journey.
Having already paid £400 ($558) for the flight, the couple — pictured below — were then forced to pay another £250 each to re-book another flight to Dubai.
While airlines have the right to refuse to carry passengers “with conditions that may worsen, or have serious consequences, during the flight,” according to the NHS, although this usually applies to “seriously ill” travellers.
Moran told The Sun: “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.”
He added that nobody looked her over — the crew simply called a medical team in the US who said Evans wasn’t fit to fly.
An Emirates spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider that Ms. Evans was offloaded from flight EK40 on Saturday 17th February “due to a medical emergency.”
“The passenger alerted the crew onboard that she was suffering from discomfort and pain and mentioned that she was feeling unwell,” the airline said.
“The captain made the decision to request medical support and offload Ms Evans so she could access medical assistance as needed.
The spokesperson added: “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.”