A woman says she and her boyfriend were kicked off an Emirates flight, bound for Dubai, because she was complaining to him about her period pain.
Beth Evans, 24, claims they were waiting for their flight to take off from Birmingham airport when she told him her menstrual pain was a “one out of ten.”
Evans claims flight crew overheard their conversation and told her she would need to leave the flight as there wasn’t a doctor onboard to provide medical assistance should she need it throughout the seven-hour flight.
“To be kicked off for period pains, it was madness. Beth was in tears and getting upset when the hostess was asking her questions,” Evans’ boyfriend Joshua Moran told The Sun.
“It’s embarrassing to have to explain about period pains when it’s being overheard. They didn’t have anyone look her over. They just contacted a medical team in the US and they said Beth couldn’t fly,” Moran added.
A statement from an Emirates spokesperson said Evans “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,” the spokesperson added.
The couple say they were forced to pay £250 ($350) each for a new flight to Dubai, in addition to the £400 they had already paid for the flights.
RT.com has reached out to Emirates for comment.