Emirates Reportedly Kicked Passengers Off Flight for Menstrual Cramps
After boarding their intended flight from Birmingham Airport in England to Dubai on Saturday, February 17, Beth Evans said she told her boyfriend, Joshua Moran, that she was experiencing abdominal pain from menstrual cramps. Evans told The Sun that a flight attendant who heard the couple discussing her discomfort was worried that her situation could be a cause for concern during the duration of the seven-hour international flight.
There were no doctors onboard the A380, and Evans claimed that her pain was minimal at a "one out of 10." But the crew still insisted that the couple should deplane and take a different flight.
“To be kicked off for period pains, it was madness,” Moran told Travel + Leisure. “They didn’t have anyone look her over. They just contacted a medical team in the U.S., and they said Beth couldn’t fly.”
Representatives of Emirates said that they removed the couple out of an abundance of caution, and that they didn't want Evans' situation to get worse once in the air.
“We can confirm that Ms. Beth Evans deplaned flight EK40 on Saturday, February 17, due to a medical emergency," an Emirates representative told Travel + Leisure. "The passenger alerted the crew onboard that she was suffering from discomfort and pain and mentioned she was feeling unwell.”
The representative went on to note that the captain ultimately made the decision to request medical assistance for the passenger. "We would not have wanted to endanger Ms. Evans by delaying medical help," the representative added.
According to the World Health Organization, airlines have the right to refuse transport to passengers who they believe could have a medical condition that could get worse once in the air.
The couple paid about $560 for each ticket to Dubai, and they told The Sun that they had to pay an additional $350 each to rebook their flights.