Shilpa Shetty racially 'abused' at Sydney airport, hits back at officials

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 23 September 2018, 10:41 PM
Actor Shilpa Shetty
Actor Shilpa Shetty

Bollywood diva Shilpa Shetty complained of racism at an Australian airport and took to social media to talk about her ordeal. The actor was traveling from Sydney to Melbourne, when she reportedly encountered one of Qantas Airways' "grumpy" ground staffers who was ofensive and ""unnecessarily" rude to her".

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Putting up a brave face, The ‘Dhadkan’ actor posted all that she faced on Instagram. She alleged in her post that the behaviour by the airline staffer was racially motivated and wanted Quantas Airways to take notice of the incident. "This piece is only for Quantas airlines to know and take cognisance that their staff must be taught to be helpful and tone can't change with preference to colour. (sic)"

She shared a picture of her with a bag which was apparently called oversized and was denied to be taken as cabin luggage. She complained about the staff for using a harsh tone and called out loud that “"WE” are NOT #pushovers and they MUST know that being #callous and #Rude will NOT BE TOLERATED πŸ™βœ‹πŸΌπŸ’”. Ps: Please tell me if that bag in the picture is oversized??!! (sic)”

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Check out her Instagram post:

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Subject: #Qantas airways @qantas This should get your attention! Travelling from Sydney to Melbourne and at the check in counter met a grumpy #Mel ( that’s her name)who decided it was “OK” to speak curtly to “US” ( Brown people!!) travelling together ,I was flying business and had 2 bags (my allowance)and she insisted and decided my half empty Duffel bag was oversized( to check in!!) So she sent us to check it in at the other counter dealing with “Oversized luggage” ..there a Polite lady(yes this one was) said ..”this ISN’T an oversized bag, pls check this in manually if u can at another counter” ( all this happening while the counter is going to shut in 5 mins) As the manual check in wasn’t going thru for 5 mins( we tried) I went upto #Mel and requested her to put the bag thru as her colleague said it wasn’t an oversized bag.. She refused again.. Just being adamant especially when I told her this is causing a lot of inconvenience .. We had no time to waste so we ran to the oversized baggage counter and requested her to put the bag through which she did after I told her that #Rude #Mel had issues !!!.... to which another colleague joined in an reiterated my duffle wasn’t oversized and could’ve easily been checked in. The point is .. This piece is only for #quantas airlines to know and take cognisance .. that their staff must be taught to be helpful and TONE can’t change with preference to #COLOUR .”WE” are NOT #pushovers and they MUST know that being #callous and #Rude will NOT BE TOLERATED πŸ™βœ‹πŸΌπŸ’”. Ps: Please tell me if that bag in the picture is oversized??!! @australia @visitmelbourne @travel #truthmustbetold #bemused #uncalledfor #standup #equality #whatswrongisnotright #instapic #travelwoes #shocking #nightmare #notcool

A post shared by Shilpa Shetty Kundra (@theshilpashetty) on Sep 22, 2018 at 6:37pm PDT

This is not the first time that this diva has been subjected to racism. She faced flak when she was contesting for Celebrity Big Brother in 2007. But Shilpa kept her stand and returned home with her head held high by actually winning the show.

She had made India proud back then and even today! 

First Published: Sunday, September 23, 2018 04:26 PM
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