Woman threatened with grounding over travel attire

Her outfit -- a crop top with high-waisted pants -- was deemed to be "inappropriate" and "causing offense". 

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Why this story matters:

Emily O'Connor made it through airport security and passport control before boarding a Thomas Cook flight from Birmingham to Tenerife.

It was then that four cabin crew and the flight manager confronted O’Connor and told her she needed to “cover up” or be removed from the flight as her outfit was "inappropriate".

The outfit consisted of a black "crop top" and high-waisted pants. 

To continue the humiliation -- the incident was broadcast over the plane's loudspeaker. O’Connor addressed the other passengers, asking if anyone cared about her choice of outfit, however, nobody voiced their opposition despite crew saying she was “causing offense”. 

O’Connor tweeted that she had been left “shaken and upset”.

Details from the story:

  • The incident comes after a number of similar cases with US airlines.
  • It is claimed that there were men on the plane wearing vest tops, highlighting the sexism of the situation.
  • O’Connor was lent a jacket which allowed her to remain on the flight.
  • In a statement apologizing a Thomas Cook spokesperson said “It’s clear we could have handled the situation better”.

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