A Spirit Airlines passenger says she was kicked off the plane because her sweater showed too much cleavage.
The incident occurred on Jan. 30 while sitting on the tarmac in New Orleans, on a flight bound for Fort Lauderdale, reports the Daily Mail.
The woman, who remains anonymous, alleges that a flight attendant told her to "cover up," and that she attempted to do so by putting on a coat, while weeping with embarrassment.
But she said the attendant was not satisfied with the effort, and had her removed from the plane. Another female passenger who came to her defense was removed along with her. "I was protecting the meek," the other passenger later said.
On Facebook, two other passengers confirmed that the woman had been told by the flight crew that "her bosom was too exposed." One of them wrote that the woman "tried to pull her top up further to cover more, each time another flight attendant came with the same issue, telling her in loud and rude tones that she'll have leave the plane if she can't get them covered."
Donna Prieto, the mother of the busty passenger, explained that "My daughter was humiliated because [the flight attendant] said it out loud."
Spirit Airlines denies that partially exposed breasts had anything to do with the matter. "Nobody was taken off a plane because of cleavage," said spokesman Paul Berry. "People are taken off planes because of behavior."
The airline alleged rather that the woman was intoxicated and creating a scene, causing other passengers to complain. Berry did, however, admit that the flight attendant said "By the way, you might want to cover up." As for being intoxicated, the woman said she had a beer before boarding, but denied being drunk.
According to its corporate website, Spirit Airlines "is committed to offering the lowest total price to the places we fly, on average much lower than other airlines."
Ironically, considering the controversy over the passenger with the low-cut sweater, one way the airline keeps its prices low is by offering what it calls a "stripped-down Bare Fare."