Given the Boot

Cosmopolitan (India) - - REAL-LIFE READ -

A few min­utes later, an air­port po­lice of­fi­cer ap­peared at my seat and said that the air­line was fil­ing an in­ci­dent re­port against me. I knew I’d done noth­ing wrong, but feel­ing self-con­scious about caus­ing a scene, I went with him.

Once we were on the con­nect­ing walk­way, I de­manded to know what I’d done. The of­fi­cer didn’t an­swer and started fill­ing out a re­port.

Look­ing back, I re­alise I should have in­sisted on know­ing what I was be­ing ac­cused of. But at the time, all I knew was that I was in trou­ble. Sud­denly, the su­per­vi­sor who had poked me with an an­tenna was back.

“The pi­lot doesn’t want to fly you to­day,” he an­nounced. I was stunned. What did the pi­lot have to do with any­thing? I hadn’t even spo­ken to him! I wanted to stand my ground, but I was ter­ri­fied of what might hap­pen if I did—ev­ery­one knows you’re not sup­posed to act out at the air­port or on a plane.

So when the po­lice­man came to es­cort me out again, I didn’t put up a fight. “Get a lawyer,” one man whis­pered. Good idea, I thought to my­self. This is ridicu­lous.

Malinda de­cided she had to fight back

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