American Airlines formally apologized to Dr. Latisha “Tisha” Rowe after she was pulled off from a flight from Jamaica to Miami with the reason being that a flight attendant deemed her romper inappropriate.
On Thursday, in an interview with Good Morning America, Rowe repeated that the apology wasn’t enough. She called for a full explanation regarding the incident and for the airlines to more consistently apply their dress code.
She said, “If you’re going to have a dress code, it should be applied equally to every person, to every shape, to every race.”
Rowe also shared that a flight attendant—who, Rowe emphasized, is black—told her along with her eight-year-old son to get off the plane which was flying from Kingston to Miami. Once off the plane, she was asked if she carried a jacket she could wear on top of her romper. Rowe didn’t have one as she was in Jamaica. Rowe was then given a blanket to wear down the airplane aisle back to her seat because she couldn’t get back onboard “dressed like that.”
She told CNN that it was like “a slap in the face.”
She said, ““I’m being told indirectly, in front of my son that—you know, it felt like, ‘You look like a slut, so let’s fix this.’”
After they landed in Miami, Rowe posted about what happened on her social media accounts. She also included pictures of her in the romper. Her posts went viral and she received a formal apology from American Airlines. The airline company also said that she and her son had their travel refunded.
In their statement, American Airlines said, “we were concerned about Dr. Rowe’s comments, and reached out to her and our team at the Kingston airport to gather more information about what occurred.” They added, “we are proud to serve customers of all backgrounds and are committed to providing a positive, safe travel experience for everyone who flies with us.”
Another passenger compare her outfit to Rowe’s. She shared, “my shorts are shorter than yours, and no one said anything to me.”
Meanwhile, the dress code only states to “dress appropriately; bare feet or offensive clothing aren’t allowed.” There are no further details about what is “appropriate”.