Tania Farah, the wife of Mo Farah, has recently spoken out on her husband's embarrassment at being asked to step out of the queue while trying to board a connection flight from Atlanta, Georga, to Portland, Oregon, where the couple currently reside.
According to a report by the Telegraph, witnesses heard Mrs Farah unleashing a torrent of abuse at the attendant, calling her “pathetic” and "disrespectful", before then telling her she led a “sad little life”.
Following the torrent of abuse aimed at the attendant, Mrs Farah then wanted an apology for the treatment her and Mo received.
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The incident occurred on August 22, when Mo and his family tried to board the flight in the business class section of the airplane, only to be sent to the back of the queue by the flight attendant because she didn't believe he had the correct tickets to enable him and his family to fly business class.
Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, Mrs Farah is quoted as saying: “This woman basically humiliated him until people came forward and said: ‘That’s Mo Farah, the Olympic champion…’
"She was mortified afterwards, but had basically yelled at him like he was a piece of s--- to get back into line.
“He was the only black person [in the queue] and hadn’t done anything to warrant it. I just knew she had a problem with him.”
In the end, the family were finally allowed to board the plane after a second Delta Airlines official arrived on hand to clear up the situation.
Upon boarding the plane, it is said the other passengers burst out into a rapturous applause, welcoming the Farah family on-board after their ordeal in the queue.
A spokesman for the airline released a statement on the incident, basically putting it down to staff being over cautious to maintain a high level of security, and saying that they were doing everything they could to look into the incident.
He said: "We are investigating this situation and will be working directly with the Farah family."
He added that the company “takes precautions to protect customer data and information”.
British long distance runner Farah has had a huge amount of success during his professional career in track and field competition.
His honours list includes four Olympic gold medals - two of which he won at this year's Rio Olympics - five World Championship golds, and nine gold medals in European competitions.
He is the current world record holder in the indoor two-mile event, running it in a time of 8:03.40.
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