In recent times, flights have had to make emergency landings and evacuate passengers for a bunch of reasons, mostly bizarre. Like, when a man smeared faeces all over the flight toilet to a man who “wouldn’t stop farting”. But this one takes the cake.
24-year-old Beth Evans and her boyfriend claim that they were asked to leave an Emirates flight bound for Dubai from UK when one of the attendants overheard Evans complaining about period pain to her boyfriend, the Washington Post reported.
Evans says she stressed that the cramps were minor and described them as a "1 out of 10," according to the Times of London. However, just before the plane was scheduled to depart, they were asked to leave.
Evans’ boyfriend, 26-year-old Joshua 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."
Soon after the incident Emirates released a statement and justified the actions taken on grounds of “medical emergency.”
"The passenger alerted the crew onboard that she was suffering from discomfort and pain and mentioned that she was feeling unwell…The captain made the decision to request medical support and offload Ms. Evans so she could access medical assistance as needed. 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,” the statement read.
"We hope Ms. Evans felt better soon and look forward to welcoming her onboard again soon."
The couple still insists that it was nothing more than the attendant overhearing their conversation and complained about having to reschedule the flight which costed them an additional USD 350.
The official website mentions medical emergencies and circumstances under which they disallow passengers to fly which range from pregnancies to cardiac complications. However, it does not mention period pain.