When a young 21-year-old woman walked onto the airplane, she was turning heads. And the flight crew did not like it one bit. They went right up to the woman and declared that what she was wearing was “inappropriate” attire for a flight. The young woman, Emily O’Connor, was taking a Thomas Cook Airlines flight from Birmingham, UK to Tenerife in the Canary Islands and was quite shocked to hear the airline crew reprimand her for her outfit.
Not only had O’Conner never heard about a dress code on an airplane, but she also didn’t realize that she was stepping back in time to her days in secondary school when she had to deal with the strict teachers and the principal’s wrath.
The airline believed that her outfit was “causing offense” to people – especially the cabin crew – because she wore high-waisted pants and a crop top. While the other passengers could have cared less about how O’Conner looked, the cabin crew went right up to her and told her their opinions about the way she looked.
The airline has since apologized.
“Flying from Birmingham to Tenerife, Thomas Cook (Airlines) told me that they were going to remove me from the flight if I didn’t ‘cover up’ as I was ‘causing offense.’ They had four flight staff around me to get my luggage to take me off the plane.”
Not only was the cabin crew outraged that she was showing off her arms, but they were also prepared to throw her out of the plane and onto the runway.
The outfit was one that O’Conner had worn many times before. She had it on throughout her day in the airport, and no one said anything to her about covering up or how it was inappropriate for airport travel. She only heard the direct criticism when cabin crew saw her and didn’t like the way she looked.
O’Conner decided to turn the situation into a democratic process. She stood up and called out to her fellow passengers, asking them if they thought her outfit was “inappropriate.” No one agreed with the cabin crew.
However, the flight manager came over and, along with four cabin crew members, they forced her to put her jacket on to cover up. If she didn’t put it on, they’d be throwing her onto the tarmac.
“The manager then went to get my bag to remove me from the flight,” O’Conner shared on Twitter.
Thankfully, O’Conner’s cousin was near and able to give her a jacket to wear. They had to catch the flight because they had important business to deal with. The crew watched O’Conner intently and did not leave her side until both her arms were through the jacket.
“They made comments over the speaker about the situation and left me shaking and upset on my own.”
Thomas Cook Airlines since apologized for harassing O’Conner.
“We are sorry that we upset Ms. O’Conner. It’s clear we could have handled the situation better.”
What do you think about the airline’s strict dress code policy? Would you be comfortable flying with them?