Shilpa Shetty Kundra took to Instagram to name and shame an Australian Airline and their certain staff member. The incident took place when Shilpa was traveling from Melbourne to Sydney with Quantas Airlines. She mentioned in her Instagram post how a rude staff member called Mel. She wouldn’t let Shilpa check-in one of her pieces of baggage, which Mel claimed was overweight but to Shilpa’s surprise when she went to check that particular luggage in the overweight counter the staff member had a different take on it. Shilpa was sent back to the check-in counter and asked to check it in normally and Mel wouldn’t just do it for her.
She was literally running around back and forth from the overweight luggage check-in counter to the normal counter until the staff members actually decided to help her out. She went ahead claiming that the ground staff was actually behaving that way because she was brown skinned. Some fans showed her support while there were others who said how the airline staff was not wrong in not letting Shilpa check-in her huge luggage.
You can see Shilpa’s post and decide for yourself.
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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
This isn’t the first time that Shilpa has faced racist comments. Remember her stint with Big Brother? She faced it there as well, where the Big Brother house members decided to pass a few inappropriate comments on her. This just proves how even Bollywood A-listers aren’t spared by such petty behaviour.
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