Pregnant Mrs Brown's Boys actress Fiona Delany refused entry on her return flight from Glasgow

The actress is currently at 36 weeks, but said that she had a letter from her doctor claiming she was “fit to fly for the month of September”.

Pregnant Mrs Brown's Boys actress Fiona Delany refused entry on her return flight from Glasgow

Fiona Delany, who plays Maria in Mrs Brown's Boys, was not allowed on her flight from Glasgow to Dublin for being too far along in her pregnancy.

The actress is currently at 36 weeks, but told The Irish Sun that she had a letter from her doctor claiming she was “fit to fly for the month of September".

“I even had my solicitor with me, who said I would sign a waiver relieving Stobart Air of any responsibility if I did have any problems while flying but they still refused,” she said.

It wasn’t until Delany was on the tarmac and at the foot of the steps that she was told she wasn’t allowed to fly: “I got as far as the tarmac before I was stopped at the steps of the plane.

“It was the captain in the end who ultimately called it”.

Maria, who already has three kids, flew to Glasgow to film a live episode of the Dublin-based series.

“The whole thing is crazy. I spoke to people in Aer Lingus before I even booked the tickets to ask if it would be OK. They said it would,” she added.

“You wouldn’t have a mad situation where they let me fly from Dublin to Glasgow but stopped me coming back just two days later”.

Fiona was then forced to fork out roughly €873 on taxis and a new flight.

Aer Lingus Regional have since released a statement regarding the matter.

It reads: “With regard passengers travelling while pregnant, our policy is clear.

"Aer Lingus Regional will allow passengers to travel between the UK and Ireland up to week 32 of their pregnancy with a doctor’s written permission.

“Pregnant passengers between weeks 32-35 must have their doctor complete an ‘expectant mother travel advice form’.

"Aer Lingus Regional does not permit passengers who are over 36 weeks pregnant to fly. This is in the best interest of the health and well-being of our passengers.

“This policy is clearly outlined in the terms and conditions that all passengers must accept in advance of flying.”

Fiona begins her maternity leave tomorrow.

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