"Oh Wow – You're An Actual Physician" Flight Attendant Tells Black, Female Doctor Seeking To Aid Ailing Passenger

It has been reported that a doctor was prevented by a Delta airlines flight attendant from aiding a sick passenger who was screaming for help.  The attendant told her that “actual physicians” were needed.

Why was she perceived as not being an “actual physician?”  Was it because she was female and black?

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SkyMiles In Exchange For Blatant Discrimination

“I naturally jumped into Doctor mode as no one else was getting up,” the doctor wrote on Facebook.  “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.'”

As flight attendants yelled for a physician on board, she told an attendant that she was a doctor.  The attendant reportedly 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?'”

Finally, a “’seasoned’ white man” told the flight attendant he was a physician and “without asking for his credentials, the flight attendant immediately accepted his help.”

“Mind blown. Blood boiling,” she wrote.

The flight attendant later apologized several times and offered her SkyMiles.

“I kindly refused,” she wrote.  “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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Richard Cohen

Richard B. Cohen is a partner in the New York City office of FisherBroyles, LLP, a national law firm. Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States. Email Richard at [email protected]