Burlesque Dancer's Shorts Keep Her Off JetBlue Flight

| by Karin Sun

A burlesque dancer was reportedly barred from boarding a JetBlue flight because she was wearing short shorts.

Maggie McMuffin, a burlesque performer from Seattle, tried to board the flight from Boston to Seattle sometime in May when airline staff told her that she would not be permitted to fly because she was dressed inappropriately, the Daily Mail reported.

The woman was wearing black and white striped short shorts with matching thigh-high socks and a white sweater with a picture of a tiger on the front.

McMuffin's friend, Molly McIsaac, wrote about the incident on Facebook. According to the May 25 post, airline staff gave no explanation for the decision other than to say that the pilot of the flight had an issue with McMuffin's clothes, and offered to rebook her flight if she had nothing else to wear.

The post went on to explain that McMuffin had to buy extra-large women's sleep shorts from a store in a different terminal so she could continue her journey.

JetBlue has reportedly reimbursed McMuffin for the cost of the shorts and given her $162 in airline credit. The pilot did not apologize or offer a further explanation.

"Sexism is alive and well in this world," McIsaac wrote at the end of the post. 

The message has garnered more than 1,500 likes and nearly 1,700 shares in five days.

McMuffin was reportedly traveling from New York City to Seattle and connecting through Boston at the time of the incident. She said her choice of dress did not cause any issues on the flight from New York to Boston, which was also operated by JetBlue.

"[Airline staff in Boston] let me on my original flight but only because I went and purchased new shorts," McMuffin told the Daily 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."

JetBlue's terms and conditions state that the airline reserves the right to remove any passenger "whose clothing is lewd, obscene, or patently offensive."

"The gate and onboard crew discussed the customer's clothing and determined that the burlesque shorts may offend other families on the flight," a spokesman for the airline told the Daily Mail.

"While the customer was not denied boarding, the crewmembers politely asked if she could change," he continued. "The customer agreed and continued on the flight without interruption." 

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