There's a lot of things people don't understand about period cramps. The first is that everyone experiences these pains differently.
One of my friends feels extremely nauseated when she gets her period, which is why doctors have prescribed her birth control pills. However, most women I know have mild to manageable pain. That means they don't have to seek immediate medical care, but are knowledgeable on how to alleviate their on-and-off stomach cramps.
People are usually kicked off planes before takeoff for a good reason, such as endangering the lives of others or being in critical condition themselves. However, there are other reasons people get the boot: Uncontrollable and noisy children, bad body odor, excessive swearing, and overly emotional people have been kicked off flights before.
The question is, how sick do you have to be to be forced to leave a flight?
A woman experiencing "mild" stomach pain on an Emirates international flight was a huge cause for concern for staff. So much so that they had to ask her to re-book her flight!
Here's the couple's story:
Beth Evans, 24, was telling her boyfriend, Joshua Moran, that she had some stomach pain right before their seven-hour flight was about to takeoff. She described the pain as "one out of ten."
A flight attendant overheard the couple's conversation and informed the rest of the crew. Without consulting a doctor, they decided the couple shouldn't be on this flight. However, according to The Sun, the crew contacted a medical team in the U.S. and was told that they couldn't be passengers on that flight.
"To be kicked off for period pains, it was madness," Joshua recalled. "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.”
According to the airline, the situation was much more serious than that.
"The passenger alerted crew that she was suffering from discomfort and pain and mentioned she was feeling unwell," said a spokesperson for Emirates. "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.”
Beth and Joshua had to spend approximately $300 each to re-book their holiday flights.
Do you think the airline made the right call? Should the couple have had to pay to rebook their flights?
[H/T: The Sun]