Lady narrates how passenger almost died because flight attendant didn’t believe in Dark skinned Doctors

Hours ago, one Tamika Cross, an African American doctor, shared an 
experience she had with Delta Airlines while on a flight from Detroit.

Read her story below:

“I’m sure many of my fellow young, corporate America working women of
color can all understand my frustration when I say I’m sick of being

Was on Delta flight DL945 and someone 2 rows in front of me was
screaming for help. Her husband was unresponsive. I naturally jumped
into Doctor mode as no one else was getting up. Unbuckle my seatbelt and
throw my tray table up and as I’m about to stand up, flight attendant
says “everyone stay calm, it’s just a night terror, he is alright”. I
continue to watch the scene closely. 

A couple mins later he is unresponsive again and the flight attendant
yells “call overhead for a physician on board”. I raised my hand to grab
her attention. She said to me “oh no sweetie put ur hand down, we are
looking for actual physicians or nurses or some type of medical
personnel, we don’t have time to talk to you” I tried to inform her that
I was a physician but I was continually cut off by condescending

Then overhead they paged “any physician on board please press your
button”. I stare at her as I go to press my button. She said “oh wow
you’re an actual physician?” I reply yes. She said “let me see your
credentials. What type of Doctor are you? Where do you work? Why were
you in Detroit?” (Please remember this man is still in need of help and
she is blocking my row from even standing up while
Bombarding me with questions). 

I respond “OBGYN, work in Houston, in Detroit for a wedding, but believe
it or not they DO HAVE doctors in Detroit. Now excuse me so I can help
the man in need”. Another “seasoned” white male approaches the row and
says he is a physician as well. She says to me “thanks for your help but
he can help us, and he has his credentials”. (Mind you he hasn’t shown
anything to her. Just showed up and fit the “description of a doctor”) I
stay seated. Mind blown. Blood boiling. (Man is responding the his
questions and is seemingly better now Thank God) 

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….”

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Kemisola Ade

Kemisola Adeyemi is the Assistant Editor of Kemi Filani News. She loves to write and write and write and hopes to own a publishing firm someday! Email: [email protected]


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