US Woman Told To Cover Up 'Inappropriate' Outfit On American Airlines Flight
A woman has said she was left feeling 'embarrassed' after being told to cover up while onboard an American Airlines.
Latisha Rowe was on a flight from Kingston, Jamaica, to Miami with her eight-year-old son when a member of crew approached her and told her she would need to cover up her playsuit.
Rowe, a doctor from Houston, Texas, says the flight attendant didn't give her any reason why she had to cover up.
Here is what i was wearing when @AmericanAir asked me to deplane for a talk. At which point I was asked to "cover up". When defending my outfit I was threatened with not getting back on the flight unless I walked down the aisle wrapped in a blanket. #notsofriendlyskies pic.twitter.com/AYQNNriLcq
- Tisha Rowe MD, MBA (@tisharowemd) July 1, 2019
Speaking to Business Insider, she said: "I have a very curvaceous body, and I put my body in bold colours, so you're going to see it. But it's not vulgar. It's not inappropriate.
"If you put someone who's a size two in the exact same outfit next to me, no one would be bothered."
Dr Rowe claims she was told she would have to change or cover up if she wanted to fly; as she didn't have an additional outfit with her, she had to ask a crew member if she could borrow a blanket.
She told the news outlet: "It just felt like a Mean Girls standoff in the hallway at high school because that's the only way you're getting on at this point; as if I'm not a paying customer. I just was embarrassed."
Once home, Dr Rowe uploaded two photos of herself in the outfit to Twitter where has been flooded with messages from support.
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According to American Airlines' terms passengers need to be dressed 'appropriately' and can't wear clothes that are 'offensive'.
A spokesperson from American Airlines said: "We were concerned about Dr Rowe's comments, and reached out to her and our team at the Kingston airport to gather more information about what occurred.
"Unfortunately, we've been unable to reach Dr Rowe or leave a message at the number provided. We want to personally apologise to Dr Rowe and her son for their experience, and have fully refunded their travel.
"We are proud to serve customers of all backgrounds and are committed to providing a positive, safe travel experience for everyone who flies with us."
American Airlines isn't the only company to come under fire for its dress code, earlier this year a British woman says she was told to cover up her 'inappropriate' outfit that was 'causing offence' after she attempted to board a Thomas Cook plane wearing loose orange trousers and a black bralet.
Emily O'Connor was flying to Tenerife from Birmingham when staff told her she would be removed from the flight if she didn't put on a jacket.
A spokesperson for Thomas Cook told LADbible: "We are sorry that we upset Ms O'Connor. It's clear we could have handled the situation better. In common with most airlines we have an appropriate clothing policy.
"This applies equally to men and women of all ages without discrimination. Our crews have the difficult task of implementing that policy and don't always get it right."
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