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September 6th, 2007     by Stacey May Fowles     Comments

I had to post this one. Apparently airlines now feel it’s okay to make moral judgements on customers’ outfits. A Southwest Airlines employee recently attempted to throw 23 year-old Kyla Ebbert off a flight to Tucson because she was “dressed inappropriately.”

Here’s what she was wearing:


Um, sure. Ebbert was asked to step off the plane by a customer service supervisor:

They walked out onto the jet bridge, where (the customer service supervisor) told Ebbert her clothing was inappropriate and asked her to change. She explained she was flying to Tucson for only a few hours and had brought no luggage. “I asked him what part of my outfit was offensive,” she said. “The shirt? The skirt? And he said, ‘The whole thing.’ ”

Ebbert had to put up a fight before she was allowed to get back on the plane. She was told to “pull up her tank top a bit, pull down her skirt a bit, and return to her seat.” Gross.

Do you think airlines have the right to impose dress codes like this on their passengers?

Tags: body politics, news flash

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