Nikki Emerson has been a paraplegic since 2008 when her car flipped over in a near-fatal crash while driving home from uni.
Despite being told by doctors she’d never walk again, the 29-year-old has never let her disability stop her from being independent.
Her career as a British Para-athlete and wheelchair racer has taken her all over the world. She’s competed in London and Paris marathons and is set to make her debut at the 2018 Commonwealth Games this month.
But when she needed to use the bathroom during an Emirates flight to the Gold Coast, she says she was told by staff she would have to wait.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Nikki said Emirates staff said she would have to wait up to an hour for the food and beverage trolleys to make their way through the cabin until a staff member would then assist her to go to the bathroom.
So she decided to go on her own, climbing out of her seat and onto the floor before making her way to the toilet. Afterwards, Nikki was told her behaviour was “unacceptable”.