Delta Airlines is getting lots of flak after one of its flight attendants dismissed a black doctor on a flight.
A passenger had a medical emergency aboard a Delta Airlines flight from Detroit to Minneapolis, but fortunately there was a doctor on board — unfortunately, however, the flight attendants totally dismissed her.
Tamika Cross said she went into “doctor mode” after a man two rows in front of her became unresponsible resulting in the flight attendants calling for help, according to a Washington Post report.
“Oh no, sweetie, put [your] hand down,” Cross said the flight attendant told her, according to the Post report. “We are looking for actual physicians or nurses or some type of medical personnel, we don’t have time to talk to you.”
Then, a white man volunteered to help, and flight attendants didn’t even check his credentials — but they still ended up needing her help, she says.
Cross added in her Facebook post: “Then this heifer has the nerve to ask for my input on what to do next about 10 mins later. I tell her we need vitals and blood sugar. She comes back to report to me a BP of 80/50 (super low, to my non medical peeps) and they can’t find a glucometer. We continue down that pathway of medical work up, but the point is she needed my help and I continued to help despite the choice words I had saved up for her. The patient and his wife weren’t the problem, they needed help and we were mid flight.
“She came and apologized to me several times and offering me skymiles. I kindly refused. This is going higher than her. I don’t want skymiles in exchange for blatant discrimination. Whether this was race, age, gender discrimination, it’s not right. She will not get away with this….and I will still get my skymiles….”
Cross believes she was discriminated against because she is black. She described her experience in a Facebook post on Oct. 9 that has since been shared 131,000 times as of Saturday morning. She said she was tired of being disrespected because of her race and said that Delta was guilty of “blatant discrimination.”
Delta said on Facebook that they are “working directly with the customer” and that the incident “does not reflect the Delta culture.”
“We condemn discrimination toward our customers inr egards to age, race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or gender,” Delta added. “As a global airline that brings hundreds of thousands of people together every day, Delta is deeply committed to treating all of our customers with respect.”