A Black doctor is accusing a Delta Airlines flight attendant of questioning her credentials.
According to a Facebook status posted to Dr. Tamika Cross’ account, the OBGYN resident was on flight DL945 from Detroit to Minneapolis, when a woman two rows in front of her screamed for help after her husband became unresponsive.
Dr. Cross said when she raised her hand to help, the flight attendant told her: “No sweetie, put your hand down, we’re looking for actual physicians or nurses or some type of medical personnel, we don’t have time to talk you.”
Dr. Cross, 28, tried over and over to explain, but was cut off by more condescending remarks. Finally, overhead sent out a page asking physicians on board to push their button. Dr. Cross said she then stared at the flight attendant and pushed her button.
Apparently baffled, the flight attendant said: “Oh wow, you’re an actual physician.”
However, the flight attendant was not thoroughly convinced and proceeded to bombard Dr. Cross with a number of questions after demanding to see her credentials.
“What type of doctor are you?”
“Where do you work?”
“Why were you in Detroit?”
Seething with anger by then, Dr. Cross showed the belligerent stewardess her credentials, answered her questions, and then proceeded to go and help the unresponsive passenger.
However, as she began to make her way down the aisle, a white male who said he was a doctor approached the row and started to help the passenger—he did not show any credentials.
Dr. Cross said the flight attendant then told her: “Thanks for your help but he can help us, and he has his credentials.”
The unresponsive passenger eventually woke up and started responding to questions, and the flight attendant finally asked Dr. Cross for her help.
She apologized to Dr. Cross several times and then offered her extra skymiles. Dr. Cross said she kindly refused the flight attendants offer.
“This is going higher than her,” said Dr. Cross. “I don’t want skymiles for blatant discrimination.”
According to the New York Daily News, Delta Airlines is currently investigating the accusation.
According to UTHealth, Dr. Tamika Cross is the chief resident for gynecologists and obstetrician residents at the Harris Health Lyndon B. Hospital in Houston, TX.
She is currently completing her final year of residency in the program. Read Dr. Cross’ full account about the incident below.
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