Woman left ‘mortified’ after she is told ‘cover up or be removed’ by flight staff
A woman forced to cover up her “inappropriate” outfit on a flight has been left “mortified” by her experience.
Emily O’Connor, 21, from Solihull, claimed Thomas Cook staff threatened to remove her from a flight she boarded from Birmingham to Tenerife.
Taking to Twitter in a now-viral post, O’Connor said she was told to cover up by airline staff as she got on board the aeroplane.
She was later told she would be removed from the plane unless she put a jacket on, according to her account.
Flying from Bham to Tenerife, Thomas Cook told me that they were going to remove me from the flight if I didn’t “cover up” as I was “causing offence” and was “inappropriate”. They had 4 flight staff around me to get my luggage to take me off the plane.
asked the plane (as they were all listening now anyway) if I was offending anyone, no-one said a word. The manager then went to get my bag to remove me from the flight. A man then shouted “Shut up you pathetic woman. Put a f*cking jacket on”- the staff said nothing to him
“It was so mortifying,” she told Yahoo UK.
“I was so upset and they could clearly see that yet they continued to note how inappropriate and offensive I was. I was really close to crying.”
Several Twitter users were angry on the woman’s behalf.
Others – including some who claimed to work on planes – commented that they had seen people wearing significantly less on flights.
Thomas Cook told Yahoo UK they are “sorry” for how the situation was handled.
“We are sorry that we upset Ms O’Connor. It’s clear we could have handled the situation better. In common with most airlines we have an appropriate attire policy,” a spokesperson told us.
“This applies equally to men and women of all ages without discrimination. Our crews have the difficult task of implementing that policy and don’t always get it right.”
In other shocking flight news, last December a woman shared how her and her then-boyfriend were “treated like criminals” at Dubai airport after telling a man to stop tapping his foot.