American Airlines has apologized to a passenger after she was told to cover up her summer outfit with a blanket. The passenger has accused the Airline for the double standard depending upon body shape and race.
Latisha “Tisha” Rowe, a family physician and her 8-year-old son were boarding a flight from Kingston, Jamaica, to Miami on June 30. She was asked by a flight attendant to step off the plane to talk and was told that her summer outfit found to be “inappropriate” by the cabin crew. The flight attendant asked her whether she had any jacket and ended up giving her a blanket to wrap around herself. She was told that unless she covered herself, she would not be allowed to fly, said Geoffrey Berg, Rowe’s attorney according to CNN.
“Here is what I was wearing when @AmericanAir asked me to deplane for a talk. At which point I was asked to “cover up”. When defending my outfit I was threatened with not getting back on the flight unless I walked down the aisle wrapped in a blanket. #notsofriendlyskies,” she tweeted along with posting a front and side view photo of her summer outfit, a strapless romper. Her tweet has gone viral after receiving almost 6K comments from people.
American Airlines spokesperson Shannon Gilson told CNN they were concerned about Dr.Rowe’s comments and had tried to reach out her at the Kingston Airport to gather more information about the incident. They have also refunded the travel expenditure, he added. Airline also expressed their apology to Dr. Rowe and her son in the official statement. Gilson told that the airline is planning to hire a chief inclusion and diversity officer as well as establish an office for diversity, equity and inclusion. American Airlines’ conditions of carriage make a brief reference as “Dress appropriately” but it does not provide any further details about the dress code.
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