Southwest Prevents Chicago Woman From Boarding Flight Because Her Top “Was Too Revealing” | The NY Journal
The pilot of the flight had to intervene in the discussion and lent him a shirt so that he could board the aircraft
Southwest staff told the passenger that her attire was “obscene and offensive.”
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A Chicago woman was not allowed to board a flight from southwest Airlinesfrom the airport The guard of New York to the airport Midway this week after airline staff determined that her black top was “too revealing”.
Kayla Eubanks, 22, said she was stopped at the gate Tuesday afternoon by employees who called her attire “lewd, obscene and offensive.” Eubanks was able to board after borrowing a jersey from the pilot.
“It was very upsetting,” Eubanks said Friday. “The request made no sense,” he wrote on Twitter.
Eubanks recorded and later published the videos with the employees of Southwest in social networks. The young woman constantly asked for clarification as to what the airline’s policy was that she was allegedly violating.
After more than 30 minutes and several phone calls, Eubanks said Southwest staff told him that his attire was “obscene and offensive.”
After a long discussion, the pilot of the flight had to intervene and lent him a t-shirt so that he could board the aircraft. Within minutes of the flight Eubanks removed his shirt.
“They never told me I had to keep my shirt on,” Eubanks said. “It was just to get on the plane,” said the young woman.
Eubanks also faced a flight attendant who told him that she would have to speak with company supervisors when the plane landed in Chicago. This conversation was also recorded by Eubanks.
In the posted video, Eubanks asked two of the Southwest employees why she was being detained. An employee answered “because you don’t have a lot of clothes on you and you are teaching a lot”.
Y’all I was KICKED OFF my @SouthwestAir flight because my boobs are “lewd, obscene and offensive.” I was told that passengers may look at me in my attire and be offended. The attire in question: https://t.co/tOAxZsFDU5 pic.twitter.com/S9W9gFXpg6
– Kayla Eubanks (@UziSuzy) October 6, 2020
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Eubanks tagged southwest Airlines in the posts on Twitter and said the airline responded by direct message offering an apology and a refund for your ticket.
Eubanks said that her choice of outfit was a “personal preference” and that she would not be prevented from getting on a plane if someone did not like her shoes. What concerned him most was the seemingly arbitrary basis for determining what would make an outfit offensive.
“There has to be a clear policy that is not based on personal prejudice,” said the young woman. “The right thing to do is not let such a decision be at the discretion of whoever is working that day.”
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The United case
There have been several incidents in recent years of airlines that have enforced different dress codes on their flights.
In January a woman was pulled out of line while boarding a flight from United Airlines from Denver to Newark because a gate agent thought his shirt was too short. In the end, he was allowed to board without changing his clothes, according to various press reports.
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