A Seattle woman complained to JetBlue after crew members decided to make her change her clothes before permitting her to board a flight.
Maggie McMuffin was traveling from Boston to Seattle when the incident occurred May 18, according to media reports.
The burlesque performer was wearing shorts, a long-sleeved sweater and thigh-high socks when she arrived for the flight.
As she was standing near the gate, a member of staff approached her and said her clothing was inappropriate and asked her to change.
“I felt disrespected,” McMuffin told KIRO.
“This is what she was wearing last week when JetBlue told her she was dressed inappropriately and couldn't board the flight from Boston to Seattle she had paid for,” wrote a friend on Facebook alongside a picture, according to Daily Mail.
“She was connecting in Boston from NYC, also a JetBlue flight - which had no issues with the way she was dressed,” she added.
McMuffin was forced to go to another terminal and buy a pair of shorts in order to continue her journey.
“They refunded my shorts and offered me a 162 dollar credit,” McMuffin told the Mail.
“I asked for a monetary refund since I don't want to fly with them again and was told I could let someone else use my credit,” she added.
However, she remains unhappy about the incident and is demanding an apology from the pilot and clearer dress codes for future airline passengers.
“They let me on my original flight but only because I went and purchased new shorts,” she said.
JetBlue states in its policies that it can prevent anyone from boarding “whose clothing is lewd, obscene, or patently offensive.”
The company released a statement from a spokesman.
“The gate and onboard crew discussed the customer’s clothing and determined that the burlesque shorts may offend other families on the flight,” the spokesman said.
“While the customer was not denied boarding, the crew members politely asked if she could change. The customer agreed and continued on the flight without interruption,” he added.
McMuffin commented further that she saw no problem with her outfit.
“I’ve seen people online that say this looks like underwear because of the shape but I have walked around in outfits like that before,” she told KIRO.