Dear Delta, THIS is #WhatADoctorLooksLike…
Second Doctor Says She Was Discriminated Against On Delta Flight
Remember when we told you about the black female doctor who Delta Airlines flight attendants refused to let help an ailing passenger because they doubted she was a physician?
Well a SECOND physician has come forward with a similar story.
Dr. Ashley Denmark recently blogged about being on a Delta flight and having her services refused because a flight attendant doubted her credentials.
Instead of allowing the Doctor of Oesteopathic Medicine to assist a passenger, they instead skipped over her in favor of two nurses.
Melanin In Medicine reports:
[…] about 1 hour into our flight over the intercom, a flight attendant requested a doctor or nurse to report to front of cabin to assist a passenger. When duty calls it calls- even if you are 30,000 feet in air.
Without hesitation, I got out of my seat and made my way towards the front of the cabin where I was greeted by two Caucasian women and a delta flight attendant.
I quickly asked “What’s going on?” Then I stated, “I’m a doctor. How can I help?” Immediately, I was greeted by puzzled looks from all three women. The flight attendant asked, “Are you a doctor?” to which I replied “Yes.”
My response only left a more puzzled look on the attendant’s face. She turned around and began to talk to another flight attendant. I stood there in bewilderment because someone on the plane was in need of medical assistance and no one was escorting me to the passenger in need.
Finally, one of the Caucasian passengers who came to assist spoke and stated her and the other passenger present to assist were both nurses. Then she asked, “Are you a doctor?” to which I responded “Yes” …..again. She immediately responded “Well you need credentials to show you are a medical professional.”
I gave a funny look but, remained composed and quickly quipped “I have my hospital badge which should be enough.” […]
I interrupted the flight attendant’s discussions with the two nurses and stated, “I have my hospital ID badge which shows I’m a physician.”
The Delta flight attendant continued to look puzzled then stated, “We have two nurses here who came first. You can have seat now and we will let them handle it. If we need more help we will come and find you.” Wait a minute- stop the presses! What just happened?!?!
Delta needs to issue a statement and an apology to BOTH of these ladies immediately.
SMH, it’s ridiculous that in 2016 we still have to face this sort of discrimination.