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A woman who was almost kicked off a Thomas Cook flight for wearing 'inappropriate clothing' has appeared on This Morning to defend her outfit - while wearing said outfit.
Emily O'Connor sported the black crop top and orange trousers which prompted five members of staff on board her flight to threaten to remove her from the plane if she didn't cover up (it was the crop top, not the orange trousers, which caused the commotion).
The 21-year-old, from Birmingham, told Holly and Phil that a poll she had conducted on Twitter had seen 85 per cent of 47,000 people vote against the airline's decision to oppose the outfit she wore on the flight from Birmingham to Tenerife.
She said: "It's the principal. I wasn't wearing a jacket to flaunt or make a point, I wasn't wearing a jacket because I was hot.
"There was a man wearing a vest and shorts a few rows back and no-one was saying anything to him about his clothes."
The trainee accountant said she had managed to get through airport security and passport control without any issues, but when it came to boarding the plane she was told by greeting staff to cover up.
The situation escalated from there, with five members of staff getting involved and Emily even standing up and asking other passengers if they found her get up offensive.
Flying from Bham to Tenerife, Thomas Cook told me that they were going to remove me from the flight if I didn't "cover up" as I was "causing offence" and was "inappropriate". They had 4 flight staff around me to get my luggage to take me off the plane. pic.twitter.com/r28nvSYaoY
- Emily O'Connor (@emroseoconnor) March 12, 2019
Ultimately, she ended up putting a jacket on to appease staff and social commentator, Liz Brewer - who appeared alongside Emily on the This Morning sofa - said staff were right to kick up a stink about the 'demeaning outfit'.
She said: "Let's just get a few facts straight - that is not a crop top. That is a bra.
"I don't want to criticise you Emily, but we live in a world today where we get all these sexy selfies, I think we need to wake up and wise up about the fact that you are demeaning what we've been trying to fight for."
Liz also kind of manhandled Emily at one point, which surely goes more against 'what we've been trying to fighting for'.
So was it a bird, or a plane? A bra, or a crop top? Or an even bigger question still, why does anybody give a flying (yes I know what I did there) fuck what anybody else wears?
Thomas Cook has since apologised for the way staff handled the situation.
A spokesman for the airline 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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