A couple sprinted to catch their connecting flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong after their Houston flight was delayed several hours. His wife was likely in REM sleep when her husband woke her up. There was an in-flight emergency. The flight attendants were requesting a doctor. As a trained, board-certified anesthesiologist, his wife sprang into action. Her husband had already turned on the call button, and she got out of her seat ready to help. However, the flight attendant coming toward the call light was unimpressed. She rudely and with disbelief questioned her being a physician.

“Are you sure you are really a doctor? I don’t have time to waste.” After that comment, his wife immediately turned and headed back to her seat. She was conflicted, as someone needed help, but this flight attendant was preventing her from rendering aid. People around her were staring; no one would meet...

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