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Black woman allegedly locked in restroom by airline crew after Ebola scare

The woman pictured is an actor and was not on the flight.

The woman pictured is an actor and was not on the flight.

Several passengers were outraged after a sick black woman was allegedly forced to stay in the restroom during a flight on American Airlines.

According to reports by Daily Mail, a black woman began throwing up on a flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Chicago. Professor Martha Shelby, who teaches at University of Texas,   said that members of the cabin crew locked the woman in the restroom and told her she couldn’t come out until the plane landed.

The crew also wrapped the woman’s luggage in plastic bags and treated it as if she had Ebola. The woman was taken off the plane by paramedics.

Shelby believed that the woman was treated in the manner because she was black. However, an American Airlines spokesperson said the passenger was never locked in the restroom and stayed inside voluntarily. The spokesperson also said that crew members thought the passenger had food poisoning, not Ebola.

The Ebola virus continues to provoke fear and confusion across the country. Due to the virus’ connection to West Africa, racial profiling has occurred in certain situation. Some ill-informed people have called for President Obama to prevent West Africans from entering the United States. President Obama has called for calm on hysteria and fear caused by the spread of the disease.


  1. butterbeanbabe on October 19, 2014 at 11:25 am

    nobody is paranoid …. even whites have gotten this illness and we are not sure if they r cured even .they just tell us that to shut us up … how is it all the whites get cured ?
    president know he needs to shut down planes coming here . it makes no since to let them come her when screening of them is not secure yet .. you cant just ask a person if they are infected on a questionair cause some one with a sick kid will say no to get here ,we have the only real anti dote for this ebola .. so they better know more infected will find a way to get here that is why they KILLED DUNCAN OFF .. so africans want say ohh he was healed lets go there ! the message would have been “” come to american go home clean ? they dont want to move here but they do want to be cured .

    • refichter on October 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Paranoia is actually more dangerous than Ebola. There are NO direct flights to the US from countries where people are SUFFERING from Ebola. We would have to stop every flight in the world and shut down the world economy while we’re at it. Two or three cases of Ebola here, and we lose our minds, not to say our perspective. For instance, cases of HIV/AIDS are increasing in RED states that refused to expand Medicaid under the ACA simply because they HATE the president. Talk about crazy! More people were and ARE dying in the US before the ACA, but who gave a damn? More women in the US have been killed by their partners since 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Aghanistan COMBINED (over 10,000!), and where’s the outrage? In fact the GOP fights against passing laws to get battered women more help. BTW, the president shutting down all flghts…I can just HEAR all the slurs about what a DICTATOR he is.

  2. ruth on October 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    to be fair, they will now have to treat EVERYONE who vomits that way

  3. EED on October 20, 2014 at 7:05 am