Last month, Tania Farah, the wife of four-time Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah, made headlines after she reportedly yelled at a Delta Flight flight attendant, telling the woman she was “pathetic,” led a “sad little life”, and was being “disrespectful. Now, Farah is fighting back with claims that the flight attendant disrespected her husband and sent their family to the back of the line.
“This woman basically humiliated him until people came forward and said: ‘That’s Mo Farah, the Olympic champion,” Farah told The Daily Telegraph. She was mortified afterwards, but had basically yelled at him like he was a piece of shit 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.”
Farah’s tirade at the flight attendant reportedly lasted 10 minutes, according to a witness who spoke to the Daily Mail, and began after the Farahs weren’t allowed to board with the rest of the first class passengers. Some witnesses said they arrived late, and that’s why they weren’t allowed to board early.
“It wasn’t at the top of her voice but loud,” witness Jen Erdmann said. “Mo stood there with their daughter but if that were my kids they would be so embarrassed. She called the agent disrespectful a lot of times. When a supervisor arrived Tania referred to the agent as ‘this pathetic little woman.”
“She said she was taking her sad little life out on them,” Erdmann added. “She was swearing a lot, it was peppered throughout. She talked about ‘fucking’ problems on this fucking airline.”
The Farahs and Tania’s 11-year-old daughter finally boarded the plane after another Delta official intervened. They were reportedly applauded by the passengers after another flight attendant announced their presence.