Passenger left 'shaking' after being told to cover up on Birmingham flight

15 March, 2019, 08:56 | Author: Regina Silva
  • Emily O'Connor says she was threatened to be removed from a flight because of the way she was dressed

A University of Birmingham student has described her experience onboard a Thomas Cook flight which saw her asked to cover up more, despite apparently not offending anyone.

She was later told she would be removed from the plane unless she put a jacket on, according to her account.

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

The 21-year-old took to Twitter to share a photo of the outfit she was wearing, which consisted of an orange pair of pants and a black strappy bralet.

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.

She then told BirminghamLive: "I have never felt so vulnerable or humiliated, it was horrific".

Others were not so sympathetic and backed Thomas Cook's actions, stating that Ms. O'Connor should have dressed more appropriately and was seeking attention for her actions.

"There was a man sat a couple of rows behind me on the plane in a vest and shorts and nothing was said to him".

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Her cousin ultimately gave her a jacket to wear, but flight staff did not leave until she "psychically put it on". "No-one said a thing", she said, adding that her outbound flight was "the worst experience of my life". As long as you can't see her nipples it doesn't really matter! I wish I didn't need to wear a bra with a crop top! "I suggest you grow up".

Speaking to BBC News, a Thomas Cook spokesman said the airline was "sorry" to have upset Miss O'Connor.

Thomas Cook has since apologised for the way staff handled the situation.

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

The airline said as per its clothing policy, customers wearing "inappropriate attire [including items with offensive slogans or images] will not be permitted to travel unless a change of clothes is possible".

For me as a woman, or a man, any gender, any sex, you should be able to show your body in any way you deem appropriate.

She also thanked people for the support, posting on Twitter: "Just a quick message to say thank you to everyone that has stuck up for me. Our crews have the hard task of implementing that policy and don't always get it right", the airline added.

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