Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Airline blocks ginger for being too pale

While racism has been in the news a lot, the NY Daily News reports that a ginger was kicked off an Arab airline for being too pale:
A pale, red-headed teenager was stopped from getting on a plane because staff mistook her coloring for being ill.

Grace Wain was trying to board an Etihad flight from Manchester, England, to the Maldives in the Indian Ocean on July 6, reports the Mirror.

But staff checking the 14-year-old and her family onto the flight were convinced she was sick.

They even refused to back down after a check-up by an airport paramedic.

Only after Grace produced written confirmation from her doctor back home in Scotland was she allowed to fly.

That confirmation was emailed to the airport.

Her dad, Paul, said: "I told them, 'We live in Scotland,' she is a redhead and has a pale complexion. That's just the way she is."

Grace was reduced to tears by the incident.
I wonder what would happen if a European airline kicked off an African girl for looking too black.

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