Passenger Almost Dies on Plane Because Flight Crew Didn't Believe Black Woman Was a Doctor

Posted by Ria, 14 Oct 16

The flight crew of Delta flight barred a Black woman from administering medical aid to an unresponsive passenger because they couldn't believe she was a licensed doctor.

Tamika Cross (pictured), an OBGYN from Houston was seated two rows behind the unresponsive passenger when she heard his wife calling out for help. But when Cross told the flight crew that she was a doctor and wanted to help the man, she was barred from doing so with belittling remarks.

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"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 disrespected... 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.’"

In a second attempt to signify that she was indeed a doctor on board, the flight attendant told her: "Oh wow, you’re an actual physician?" She then asked for proof that she was a doctor and where she worked. She was even blocking Cross's row while the man sat there in need of medical assistance. And when a white man said he was a doctor as well, the flight attendant told Cross: "Thanks for your help but he can help us, and he has his credentials."

According to cross, the white male never showed his credentials but was allowed to help the passenger because "he fit the description of a doctor" being white and male.

The incident really disappointed and outraged Cross. Funny thing is, even after all the humiliation, the flight attendant kept coming back to her asking for her input on saving the passenger. And being the good doctor she is, Cross still assisted.

“The patient and his wife weren’t the problem. They needed help and we were mid flight,” wrote Cross. After the passenger stabilized, the flight attendant apologized to her with a few extra Sky Miles. Cross refused. "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 added.

A Delta representative denounced the incident saying the company is investigating on it saying: “Discrimination of any kind is never acceptable. We’ve been in contact with Dr. Cross and one of our senior leaders is reaching out to assure her that we’re completing a full investigation.”

Cross's post has received lots of support with almost 50,000 likes, 15,000 shares and over 6,000 plus comments from people venting their frustration and anger over her humiliation.

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  1. Posted: 16 Oct 16

    This is crazy because I know so many BW in the medical profession. I have worked with several Black female doctors in my profession. The doctor that was over our Medical Division was a BW.

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