'Biohazard': Why 'humiliated' mum was placed on no-fly list

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A mum says she was "humiliated" during a flight on Monday (local time) when a flight attendant reportedly yelled at her over her daughter’s dirty nappy.

Farah Naz Khan, 34, said the incident occurred as she travelled with her husband and toddler on a Mesa Airlines flight from Montana to Houston, Texas, NBC reported.

Halfway through the journey, Ms Khan said she changed her daughter’s nappy at a changing table in the back of the plane and disposed of it in a scented bag in the bin.

But as she made her way back to her seat, the mum said a male flight attendant stormed up to her and began yelling.

Farah Naz Khan, 34.
Farah Naz Khan, 34, said the incident occurred as she travelled with her husband and toddler on a Mesa Airlines flight from Montana to Houston, Texas. Source: NBC

"When I walked back to the front holding my diaper wipes container and, like, the pad that we used to change my daughter's diaper on, the flight attendant accosted me and said: 'Did you just dispose of a diaper back there? That's a biohazard'."

Ms Khan said the flight attendant told her he wanted her to retrieve the nappy from the bin, an act she says left her feeling "humiliated" and "belittled".

When she asked another flight attendant for a garbage bag to put the nappy in, that staffer told her she hadn't done anything wrong, NBC reports.

The 34-year-old said she made a formal complaint after landing but later received a phone call from the same confrontational flight attendant.

Stock photo of flight attendant placing items in an overhead bin. Source: AP
The 34-year-old said she made a formal complaint after landing but later received a phone call from the same confrontational flight attendant. Source: AP

"I recognised the voice. He said, 'Due to a biohazard incident on the plane today, we've placed you on the no-fly list.'

"This made me very angry, because I suffered the humiliating experience...they are placing me on a no-fly list?" Khan told the publication.

"I also didn't dispose of the diaper on the plane, even if it was considered a biohazard. I walked it off the plane and threw it away myself outside the flight."

A spokesperson for Mesa Airlines told NBC Ms Khan’s claims "do not meet the high standards that Mesa sets for our flight attendants and we are reviewing the matter."

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