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Shilpa Shetty alleges racism at Sydney airport, calls out Australian airline. Read her full post

Shilpa Shetty Kundra lashed out at popular Australia airlines Qantas Airways in an Instagram post after experiencing alleged racial discrimination during a row over luggage.

bollywood Updated: Sep 23, 2018 16:41 IST
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Shilpa Shetty Kundra is not the only Bollywood celeb, Priyanka Chopra was also a victim of racist attitude at an airport. (Instagram)
Shilpa Shetty Kundra is not the only Bollywood celeb, Priyanka Chopra was also a victim of racist attitude at an airport. (Instagram)

Actor turned reality TV judge and mother Shilpa Shetty Kundra typically posts light-hearted ‘Sunday Binge’ videos on her social media every Sunday. But Shilpa’s new post on Sunday was insightful, thought-provoking and serious and it offered an insight into her recent travel experience in Australia.

Shilpa’s post “Subject: #Quantas airways @qantas This should get your attention!” garnered lots of attention on Sunday for her candid comments and nuanced observations about racism and “brown people”. In her post, Shilpa wrote: “WE” are NOT #pushovers and they MUST know that being #callous and #Rude will NOT BE TOLERATED.

Read Shilpa’s post in full, here: 

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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 #quantas 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

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Shilpa was travelling from Sydney to Melbourne by Quantas Airways, when she allegedly encountered one of their “grumpy” ground staffs being offensive and unnecessarily “rude” to her. Writing about what sparked the incident and left her fuming, Shilpa narrated how the staff prevented her from checking in her “half empty duffel bag” and forced her not once but twice to go to the “oversized luggage” counter, which was going to shut in five minutes.

That’s when things went from bad to worse, the actor wrote, “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 (that’s her name) had issues !!!.... to which another colleague joined in and reiterated my duffle wasn’t oversized and could’ve easily been checked in.”

Shilpa shared a photo of her with the duffel bag in question and asked her followers, “Please tell me if that bag in the picture is oversized??!!”

Alleging racially motivated behaviour of the Qantas staff, Shilpa further wrote, “The point is .. This piece is only for #quantas airlines to know and take cognisance .. that their staff must be taught to be helpful and TONE can’t change with preference to #COLOUR.”

Shilpa is not the only one, actor Priyanka Chopra was also a victim of racist attitude at a crowded airport. Priyanka was misbehaved with at the first class lounge of an airport, she told Karan Johar on his chat show, Koffee With Karan, in 2016. Priyanka had said that she later received an apology but only after an argument with the concerned airport personnel, reported DNA.

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