Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Flight staff threaten to remove woman for 'inappropriate outfit'

Flight staff threaten to remove woman for 'inappropriate outfit'

A British woman recently went through a traumatic experience when a flight manager and staff of a Thomas Cook flight cornered her and threatened to de-board her if she did not cover up her "revealing outfit".

Emily O'Connor sported the black crop top and orange pants which prompted five members of staff on board her flight to threaten to remove her from the plane if she didn't cover up (it was the crop top, not the orange pants, which caused the commotion). She asked her followers to vote on whether they deemed her outfit choice as suitable for travelling on holiday.

She said: "I am getting targeted, and said that my shoulders and arms are out, when a gentleman is in the exact same situation".

Miss O'Connor, from Birmingham, also said staff "did nothing" when a male passenger shouted at her: "Shut up you pathetic woman".

"They had 4 flight staff around me to get my luggage to take me off the plane".

She added that when she refused to change what she was wearing, a manager went to get her bag in order to remove her from the flight.

Her cousin ultimately gave her a jacket to wear, but flight staff did not leave until she "psychically put it on". "They made comments over the speaker about the situation and left me shaking and upset on my own". In an interview with The Sun, a tabloid based in the United Kingdom, O'Connor called the incident "the most sexist, misogynistic, embarrassing experience of my life".


O'Connor was given a jacket by her cousin, who was seated at the front of the plane, and was not watched until she had physically put it on, she said.

Since sharing the story on Twitter, Emily has received hundreds of replies from people appalled with the incident.

A spokesman for Thomas Cook said the airline was "sorry" to have upset Miss O'Connor.

The flier claimed a man also hurled abuse at her while Thomas Crew staff did nothing.

Emily appeared on "This Morning" to defend her now famous outfit.

She said: "I would suggest when it comes to flying, to look chic yet comfortable is key. Our crews have the hard task of implementing that policy and don't always get it right", the airline added.

Miss O'Connor, who is from Solihull, posted a picture of what she was wearing on Twitter and has since had thousands of messages of support.

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