Shilpa Shetty is one actress of the Bollywood actress who has a huge social media fan following. The actress usually shares fu updates from her personal and professional life with her followers across the globe. Shilpa was recently in Australia for an event and shared Live updates from having a chill time in Sydney too.
However, on her way back to India, Shilpa faced an incident at the Australian airport where she felt like she was discriminated against for her skin colour. She took to Instagram to share this incident.
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Subject: #Qantas airways @qantas This should get your attention! Travelling from Sydney to Melbourne and at the check in counter met a grumpy #Mel ( that’s her name)who decided it was “OK” to speak curtly to “US” ( Brown people!!) travelling together ,I was flying business and had 2 bags (my allowance)and she insisted and decided my half empty Duffel bag was oversized( to check in!!) So she sent us to check it in at the other counter dealing with “Oversized luggage” ..there a Polite lady(yes this one was) said ..”this ISN’T an oversized bag, pls check this in manually if u can at another counter” ( all this happening while the counter is going to shut in 5 mins) As the manual check in wasn’t going thru for 5 mins( we tried) I went upto #Mel and requested her to put the bag thru as her colleague said it wasn’t an oversized bag.. She refused again.. Just being adamant especially when I told her this is causing a lot of inconvenience .. We had no time to waste so we ran to the oversized baggage counter and requested her to put the bag through which she did after I told her that #Rude #Mel had issues !!!…. to which another colleague joined in an reiterated my duffle wasn’t oversized and could’ve easily been checked in. The point is .. This piece is only for #qantas airlines to know and take cognisance .. that their staff must be taught to be helpful and TONE can’t change with preference to #COLOUR .”WE” are NOT #pushovers and they MUST know that being #callous and #Rude will NOT BE TOLERATED ?✋??. Ps: Please tell me if that bag in the picture is oversized??!! @australia @visitmelbourne @travel #truthmustbetold #bemused #uncalledfor #standup #equality #whatswrongisnotright #instapic #travelwoes #shocking #nightmare #notcool
I’ve said my piece and that’s where I want it to end..it was an unpleasant experience I encountered. Been an actor for far too long and garner a lot of attention ,will not make a loose statement for publicity , it’s not my style! If I made a statement it was with a lot of thought! …. The airline has apologised and am sure has done the needful.. Support staff being uncourteous is not acceptable hence expressed my displeasure at that.
Having said that I have many friends in Australia and have visited the country before where the experience was always good. I’ve moved on and don’t like to mull over things in the past.
It is terrible to see something like this take place when we hope and dream of an equal world and are moving towards it. Acts like these definitely need to be condemned.
What are your thoughts on such acts of racial profiling?