Katharina Bishop contacted us after becoming stranded in Italy after being forced to leave a plane when she was 31 weeks pregnant.

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Down to earth with a bump... easyJet evicts pregnant woman for not having a doctor's note


Pregnant Katharina Bishop was forced to leave the easyJet plane because she did not have a doctor's note

A woman holidaying in Italy was marched off her flight home to Britain minutes before take-off  -  for being 31 weeks pregnant.

Katharina Bishop was left standing on the runway with her husband and sobbing six-year-old son as airport staff removed their luggage from the hold.

An easyJet stewardess checking passengers' seatbelts moments before takeoff told Mrs Bishop that she had to produce a note written by a doctor in the past five days confirming her fitness to fly or get off the flight.

Despite having been through check-in and security with no problem, the family had no choice but to leave.

Mrs Bishop, 31, who runs a graphic design business with her husband Charles, had flown to Rome from Bristol with the airline six days earlier with no questions asked.

Last night she vowed never to fly with easyJet again, adding: 'We had flown to Rome for a family holiday. I'm a frequent flyer and flew when I was pregnant with my son.

'I was healthy and it didn't cross my mind there would be a problem. I told my midwife I was flying to Italy and she just said, " Have a good holiday".

'We were just about to take off when a stewardess asked me for a doctor's certificate which couldn't be older than five days.

This meant that I would have had to see a gynaecologist in Italy, which isn't even possible as in Italy you have to be a registered patient with a clinic to receive gynaecological care, unless it is an emergency.

'Nevertheless, I was marched off the plane at the last minute. It was humiliating with everyone staring at us. My son Keiran was sobbing hysterically.'

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After being left on the runway for 15 minutes with their bags, the family was told by a member of easyJet staff that they could see the airport doctor.

But he said he was not a qualified gynaecologist and Mrs Bishop, who does not speak Italian, was told she must find a 'fit to fly' certificate somewhere in Rome.

It took a further two hours to find a doctor at a hospital who would perform the examination.

Mrs Bishop, of Evershot, Dorset, said of the incident on September 5: 'I felt very uncomfortable and violated at being forced to have an intimate examination by an unknown doctor that was unable to communicate with me.

'The doctor finally gave me the handwritten "certificate" but made it clear  -  via the translator  -  that it was not legally valid as I was not a registered patient. Completely useless, in other words.'

The family had to stay in Rome for the night  -  spending an extra 300 euros on hotel, food and transport  -  before easyJet let them fly the next day. This time they were not even asked for the certificate.

Now almost due to give birth, Mrs Bishop said: 'What makes it ludicrous is that it appears to be totally random.'

An easyJet spokesman said: 'EasyJet would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to Mrs Bishop.

'However, easyJet's terms and conditions, which all passengers agree to at the time of booking, state, "Between 28-35 (inclusive) weeks, a medical certificate confirming the number of weeks of pregnancy is required confirming that the passenger is fit to fly. This needs to be issued within the five days prior to departure".

'As a gesture of goodwill, easyJet changed the passenger's flights free of charge.'

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