Woman catching flight told to 'cover up' for wearing this outfit


A 21-year-old has hit back at airline staff who left her "shaking and upset" after they told her in front of the whole plane that her outfit was inappropriate and she needed to cover up. 

Emily O’Connor was flying from Birmingham to Tenerife on a Thomas Cook flight when she was confronted by staff over her outfit. O'Connor claims that the crew said her crop top and long, high waisted pants were "inappropriate" and "caused offense".

She was warned that she would be removed from the flight if she didn't cover up and was surrounded by four staff and the manager who were ready to take her luggage from the plane.

“I informed the staff that there is no “appropriate wear” policy stipulated online,” she wrote on Twitter.

“I stood up on the flight and asked if anyone was offended, no-one said a word.”

A male passenger also hurled abuse at her.

“The manager then went to get my bag to remove me from the flight,” she said.

“A man then shouted “Shut up you pathetic woman. Put a f*cking jacket on”- the staff said nothing to him.”

Her cousin, who was sitting at the front of the plane, eventually gave her a jacket, with the crew not leaving until she “physically put it on”.

“They made comments over the speaker about the situation and left me shaking and upset on my own,” she wrote.

In another tweet, she said “a gent two rows behind me was wearing a vest top and shorts … yet clearly nothing was said to him”.

Thomas Cook Airlines has since apologised to Ms O’Connor, saying crew could have handed the situation better.

“In common with most airlines we have an appropriate attire policy. This applies equally to men and women of all ages without discrimination,” the airline said.

“Our crews have the difficult task of implementing that policy and don’t always get it right,” the airline added.”