Doctor Charging Delta with Discrimination in Medical Emergency Speaks Out

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By now, everyone has probably heard about Dr. Tamika Cross’s experience with Delta Airlines and thousands have read about what she says was discrimination when attempting to aid a passenger on a flight who needed emergency assistance.

The OB-GYN, who is in her residency at McGovern Medical School in Texas, took to Facebook to share what happened to her, but since then EBONY has contacted her about the incident and she described why it frustrated her.

The Detroit native, who earned her M.D. from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, said she was headed to Minneapolis when a flight attendant requested help from a doctor.

According to Dr. Cross, a woman two rows in front of her was screaming for help. Her husband was unresponsive, and she “naturally jumped into doctor mode.”


As she was about to stand up, a flight attendant told Cross that he was alright. But he soon fell unresponsive and the flight attendant called for help, she said.

“I raised my hand to grab her attention as she walked back toward the other stewardess. She said to me, “Oh no sweetie, put your hand down, we are looking for physicians or nurses or some type of medical personnel, we do not have time to talk to you,” Cross said. “I tried to inform her that I was a physician but I was continually cut off by condescending remarks.”

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