Texas doctor forced to cover up before boarding American Airlines flight


A Texas doctor is considering a lawsuit following what she calls biased treatment by American Airlines flight attendants.

Dr. Tisha Rowe says she was forced to cover her romper without a real explanation of the issue.

“I could not have seen this coming by a longshot,” Rowe said.

On June 30, Rowe was on an American Airlines flight returning from her vacation in Jamaica when she was confronted by a flight attendant about her outfit.

According to Rowe, the attendant asked her if she had a jacket.

Rowe said no one ever told her what was wrong with the one-piece romper she was wearing.

“She just said ‘you’re not getting on here like that’. I knew exactly how I looked in the front and the back, was comfortable and so I stood up for myself,” Rowe said. “But I was powerless in that moment.”

Rowe says the flight attendants were essentially shaming her for how her curvy body looked in the popular summer outfit.

“I said if I was a white woman you would not have pulled me off this plane and she said this is not discrimination and I said absolutely it is,” she said.

All of it unfolded in front of Rowe’s 8-year-old son.

“When we got on the plane then it was tears,” she said. I asked for the blanket, wrapped it around my waist and they said enter.”

In a statement from American Airlines, the 90-year-old airline company said:

“We apologize to Dr. Rowe and her son for their experience, and have fully refunded their travel. We are proud to serve customers of all backgrounds and are committed to providing a positive, safe travel experience for everyone who flies with us.”

The airline’s dress code offers few details — only saying “dress appropriately” and that “bare feet or offensive clothing aren’t allowed.”

Rowe says the apology is a good first step, but it’s not enough.

“You need better training, you need more objective measures and you need to define this dress code in a way that does not inherently create an opportunity for bias and harassment,” she said.

“They are simply not in a place where they have accepted that they have a problem, and if necessary, we’ll take them to court and teach them that they do,” Geoffrey Berg, Rowe’s attorney, said.

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