Airline apologizes for making woman 'cover up'

Airline apologizes to woman told to 'cover up or leave plane'

Thomas Cook Staff Threaten To Remove Woman From Flight Over Outfit

Emily O'Connor, 21, flew with Thomas Cook Airlines for a holiday in Tenerife on 2 March wearing a black crop top and passed through security without incident.

She was shown a copy of the inflight magazine, which on page 113 noted: 'Customers wearing inappropriate attire (including items with offensive slogans or images) will not be permitted to travel unless a change of clothes is possible'.

A 21-year-old woman says she was humiliated and left shaking after being told to "cover up" or she would be kicked off an airplane when she boarded wearing a vest-like crop-top and high-waisted pants.

O'Connor Tweeted, "asked the plane (as they were all listening now anyway) if I was offending anyone, no-one said a word".

She even launched a poll on Twitter asking users to vote on whether her dress was indeed likely to cause provocation. "I informed the staff that there is no "appropriate wear" policy stipulated online", she wrote in a Tweet. She did not immediately respond to a message from The Post requesting comment.

Thomas Cook Airlines has apologised to a passenger who claims she was ordered to "cover up" or be removed from a plane because of what she was wearing.

She continued: "I got on the plane and the first airline staff said to me "excuse me madam, you aren't dressed appropriately and unless you cover up we're going to remove you from the flight".

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O'Connor said a manager then "went to get [her] bag to remove [her] from the flight". Describing the entire incident in details, the woman told The Sun, "A guy two rows in front of me shouted: "Shut up you pathetic woman, put a f***ing jacket on" and they all just let him shout at me".

Although her cousin gave her a jacket to wear for the flight, O'Connor said the staff did leave until she "physically put it on".

"They made comments over the speaker about the situation and left me shaking and upset on my own", said O'Connor.

Thomas Cook has since apologised for the incident and said it could have been better managed.

Meanwhile, Emily also narrated her ordeal on Twitter and received a lot of support from the netizens who called out Thomas Cook for its misogynistic behaviour. "Our crews have the hard task of implementing that policy and don't always get it right", the airline added.

Thomas Cook Airlines said it has apologized to O'Connor and the airline's cabin services director had spoken to her "to find out more information" about the incident.

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