Friday, September 29, 2017

Turbaned Sikh woman alleges discrimination on BA flight from Vancouver to London, lodges complaint

Jalandhar: A turbaned young Sikh woman has alleged discrimination on British Airways flight while traveling from Vancouver to London, while on way to New Delhi. She has alleged that she was first not even served water and then she was not served food while all other passengers were served food.
Harsharn Kaur, who works as deputy producer with a Punjabi channel of a prominent national media house and lives in Mohali, has also lodged a complaint with the British Airways. She also tagged official twitter handle of British Airways while protesting against the episode.
"While the flight from Heathrow to New Delhi was very comfortable and there were no issues but quite a few Punjabi passengers shared their similar past experiences with me," she said while speaking to TOI after landing at IGI Airport New Delhi on Friday morning.
Apart from posting status messages on her FB about the issue, she also posted a video from Heathrow Airport detailing the incident.
"Discrimination in British Airways. How can your Employee named Monica refused even water to me? Am also paid passenger," she tweeted while tagging British Airways and also posted on her FB wall when she was still at Heathrow Airport. Then she also posted her video on FB from a Heathrow terminal detailing the incident on Thursday night.
"When water was served just after the flight started I was left out and I thought that the airhostess would have missed me just by chance. I was very thirsty. Then I specially asked for water and Air Hostess- named Monica - a black woman - said she would just serve. She was serving our line. Then a male host served water to me. Then in the night they served dinner and except me food was served to all. I was not asked if I required vegetarian or non-veg food. Even as I had food with me which I had brought with me but they had nothing to do with it and did not even ask me for once. I was wondering that how they could forget for the second time. Then I again asked Monica who was at food counter and asked why I was being ignored as I was not served food or even asked for choice of food and I told her that I was feeling discriminated. She said don't take personal, sometimes we forget. But I pointed out that only I was forgotten. I pointed out that entire flight was served and only I was left out," she said.
"Then I was served vegetarian food without asking my choice and served pasta. As she had not even asked me the choice and I pointed out that even in vegetarian there is choice I asked her that why was not asked but she again said 'please don't take it personal'
Before landing at Heathrow, they served snacks. I asked if it was vegetarian, he checked the box and told it was vegetarian. Then I was asked would I take coffee or juice. I said I would have juice but again it was not served at all. It was so weird and shocking.
29/09/17 I P Singh/Times of India
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