New Delhi, August 9: An Indian family had to face extreme racism and humiliation by the British Airways because their little one was crying. The airways allegedly offloaded the family in London. The incident occurred on July 23 on the London-Berlin flight (BA 8495). The mother had apparently comforted the three-year-old child while the plane was about to take off, but the crew was not too warm. The intimidating behaviour of the cabin crew made the child cry and the family was offloaded!
The father of the child A P Pathak has written to the aviation minister Suresh Prabhu alleging racial behaviour by the European Airline. While talking about the incident to ANI, he said, "We were travelling to Berlin from London in British Airways, Our son started crying and a flight attendant came and threatened to offload us if our kid doesn't keep quiet and after a while, he called security and we were offloaded." He has also written to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj demanding an apology from them. He has also complained to the British Airways but has not received any response. Gender Inequality? Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker Makes Sexist Remark, Says Only Men Can Do His Job.
Take a look at the father's statement about the incident:
I have given a letter to Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu and EAM Sushma Swaraj and complained to British Airways but they have not replied yet, it was an act of racial discrimination, I request an apology and compensation for harassment of an Indian: A.P Pathak, Passenger pic.twitter.com/6bb5wekgaZ
— ANI (@ANI) August 9, 2018
In the letter, the family has mentioned the male crew member on the flight scolded the child to go and sit on the seat. The child began crying inconsolably, nothing comforted me. Once the flight began, the crew members returned and shouted in abusive language at the family, also threatening to offload them. "(The) same crew member came again and shouted at my son at my son that ‘you bloody keep quiet otherwise you will be thrown out of the window’ and we would be offloaded. We were petrified," the letter adds. Along with the family, another Indian family which was trying to comfort the child by giving biscuits was also offloaded. The airlines showed racial discrimination and the family is demanding strict action. Gay Couple Forced to Leave Alaska Airlines Flight So That a Straight Couple Could Sit Together.
As soon as the incident came to light, people on Twitter too are enraged, some of them calling out to boycott the airlines.
— Prashaant Kumaar (@Prashaant1604) August 9, 2018
"You bloody keep quiet, otherwise you will be thrown out of the window" to a 3 year old child? @British_Airways is this your hospitality, what are your "bloody" flight attendants smoking? #shame #betterapologisehttps://t.co/iLQZRKATuf pic.twitter.com/dkt6VV2hl2
— Abhinav Munjuluri (@MAbhinow) August 9, 2018
The airlines have issued a statement that they take such claims very seriously and would be looking into the matter. They are starting an investigation. "We take claims like this extremely seriously and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. We have started a full investigation and are in direct contact with the customer," their statement reads.