A young woman was ordered to deboard an Emirates flight along with her boyfriend for complaining about having period pains before take-off.
Beth Evans and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Joshua Moran, said a flight attendant overheard Evans' conversation and expressed concerns about her health - even though she said she rated her pain "1 out of 10," according to the Times of London. Just before the plane was scheduled to depart Birmingham, England, on Saturday afternoon, they said, they were booted from the flight, according to the Sun.
"To be kicked off for period pains, it was madness," Moran told the Sun after the incident. "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."
Emirates said in a statement that Evans was "offloaded" because of "a medical emergency."
"The passenger alerted the crew onboard that she was suffering from discomfort and pain and mentioned that she was feeling unwell," it read.
"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.
"We hope Ms. Evans felt better soon and look forward to welcoming her onboard again soon."
Evans told the Sun that she would have been fine to take the six-and-a-half-hour trip, but she and Moran were forced to leave and pay $350 each to reschedule the trip.
Emirates' A380 jet's crew claim their decision was motivated by the fact that there were no doctors on the flight and they did not want to "endanger Ms Evans by delaying medical help had she worsened during the flight".