11/02/2015 12:04 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Heavily Pregnant Woman Given Internal Examination In Front Of Passengers On Plane


A heavily pregnant woman was forced to have a 'humiliating' internal examination in front of other passengers before being marched off a plane.

Kerry Deane, 32, was on her way home from Tunisia when staff demanded she be examined to prove she was fit to travel.

The mum-of-four was 35 weeks pregnant and had documentation from her GP stating she was fit to travel.

She was also still within Thomson's own travel guidelines - which allows pregnant women to fly at up to 36 weeks.

But despite her protests, Kerry told the Daily Record she was called to the front of the plane where passenger food is prepared and examined by medical staff, who took her blood pressure, felt her bump and carried out an internal examination.

Kerry, her partner Gary, and their three kids were then told to leave the plane.

The young family were then left stranded at Tunisia's Enfidha Airport for hours before being put on to a flight to Newcastle - 150 miles away from her home in Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire.

Thomson did drive the family home from Newcastle on a minibus, but Kerry and her family have been left outraged by the way they were treated.

Despite being heavily pregnant, and with kids Broxon, 10, Alicia, nine, and six-year-old Garyn, in tow, the family had to hang around the terminal building until the later flight.

Kerry - who gave birth to her baby son, Hudson, three months ago - is now seeking legal advice on the matter.

She said: "The way were treated was an absolute disgrace, and we haven't even had an apology from Thomson for the way we were treated.

"They didn't carry out the examination in any sort of sterile way, and I can't believe we were thrown off the plane as it was obvious I was not in labour.

"It's not about compensation, I just want to make sure this doesn't happen to any other pregnant women in the future."

A spokeswoman for Thomson said: "We are sorry to hear of Ms Deane's experience on the return from her holiday in Tunisia.

"On this occasion the flight was not operated by us but by a third party airline.

"As every airline has its own policy regarding flying during pregnancy we advised Ms Deane to speak directly to this airline prior to travel to avoid any potential issues.

"As we understand Ms Deane has instructed a solicitor, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further."

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