Passenger wearing crop top told to ‘cover up’ by airline


A U.K. airline has apologized for telling one of its passengers to “cover up,” calling her outfit “inappropriate.”

Emily O’Connor, who was flying from Birmingham, England, tweeted that Thomas Cook Airlines had warned her  “that they were going to remove me from the flight if I didn’t ‘cover up’ as I was ‘causing offence’ and was ‘inappropriate.'”

She tweeted a photo of her outfit, donning a black crop top and orange pants.

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

“I informed the staff that there is no ‘appropriate wear’ policy stipulated online,” she continued in a reply to her original tweet. “I stood up on the flight and asked if anyone was offended, no-one said a word.”

According to USA TODAY, Thomas Cook does have an “Appropriate attire” policy in its in-flight magazine, which allegedly reads:”Customers wearing inappropriate attire (including items with offensive slogans or images) will not be permitted to travel unless a change of clothes is possible. Footwear must be worn on the aircraft.”

O’Connor later tweeted her cousin who was also with her on the flight gave her a jacket to wear. 

In a statement to USA TODAY, a Thomas Cook Airlines spokesperson said in part, ” In common with most airlines we have an appropriate attire policy. This applies equally to men and women of all ages without discrimination. Our crews have the difficult task of implementing that policy and don’t always get it right.”

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