A California woman claims she was kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight after staff mistook her severe eczema for monkeypox.
Jacqueline Nguyen shared a TikTok video of herself in tears after the alleged incident, which is said to have taken place at an undisclosed airport last Friday.
“I’ve never been so humiliated in my life,” the traumatized traveler wrote in her clip, which has garnered more than 1.6 million views.
“They had me get off the plane in front of everyone along with my wife to interrogate me about the eczema I’ve had my whole life,” she further explained. “They asked me to provide medical documents and told my wife to watch her attitude.”
The Post has contacted Spirit Airlines for comment on the alleged incident.
Nguyen hinted that she may be considering legal action against the budget airline, adding a comment to her clip that read: “Maybe teach your employees what monkeypox looks like before you catch hundreds of medical discrimination cases.”
“Misinformation leads to discrimination/hostility. Everyone with a visible non-contagious skin condition has been anticipating this,” she added.
Monkeypox — a viral disease that results in rashes and blistering across the skin — was declared a public health emergency in the US last week, after it spread across the country following an outbreak in Europe this past spring.
The disease can spread through skin-to-skin contact, meaning fellow airplane passengers may have been disturbed if they believed Nguyen was actually infected with the virus.
The TikTokker subsequently shared a follow-up video stating that she was able to re-board the aircraft once she showed Spirit staff “a tube her of her prescribed eczema cream.”
Once back on the plane, Nguyen claimed a flight attendant “promptly turned around and walked the other way, not even looking at me, as if eye contact would spread it [monkeypox].”
Nguyen’s allegations alarmed TikTokkers, some of whom also suffer from visible skin problems and were fearful of being mistaken for having monkeypox.
“As an adult with cystic acne I have been scared, I’ve been trying so hard to cover up out of fear. Sorry this had to happen to you,” one wrote.
“I have eczema, HS [Hidradenitis suppurativa], and cystic acne, the trifecta of looking like I have monkeypox and I’m terrified,” another exclaimed.
While a large majority of people currently contracting monkeypox are gay and bisexual men, one woman recently went public on TikTok speaking about her own experience with the disease.
She expressed pain to the point where she said she could only drink “protein drinks” and that it was difficult to talk. “I can’t eat. I can’t brush my teeth. I can barely talk,” she said.
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