Black female doctor says Delta flight attendant dismissed her credentials

Posted at 7:34 PM, Oct 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 19:37:56-04

(KPRC/CNN) - A Houston OBGYN was on a Delta Airlines flight when she heard someone sitting two rows in front of her screaming for help.

The OBYGN, Dr. Tamika Cross, recounted what happened on her flight from Detroit to Minneapolis when a flight attendant then yelled to see if there was a doctor onboard.

Cross said she tried to get her attention, but how the flight attendant responded from that point infuriated the doctor, who is African-American.

Cross took to social media about her experience.

According to her Facebook post, the airline employee said, "'Oh sweetie, put your hand down. We are looking for actual physicians or nurses or some type of medical personnel. Let me see your credentials. What type of doctor are you? Where do you work? Why were you in Detroit?'"

Cross wrote that another passenger, an older white gentleman, who said he was a doctor, ending up helping the man who'd been unresponsive.

Ten minutes later, Cross said the flight attendant who initially dismissed her, had the gall to ask her what they should do next since they were still in mid-flight.

She said the flight attendant apologized profusely and offered her sky miles.


Cross wrote on Facebook (scroll to the bottom to see her full post), "I don't want sky miles in exchange for blatant discrimination. Whether this was race, age, gender discrimination, it's not right?"

Cross' post has gone viral and been shared nearly 25,000 times.

Delta said it condemns all type of discrimination. A statement from the airline reads, in part, "Delta is deeply committed to treating all of our customers with respect."

Courtesy: KPRC via CNN Newsource

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