In a bizarre incident, a 21-year-old woman passenger was ordered to cover up or she will be removed from a plane. Thomas Cook Airlines staff had asked the passenger to cover-up and threatened with being kicked off a flight because of her “inappropriate” outfit.
According to reports, Emily O’Connor from Solihull, West Midlands, was flying with her family from Birmingham Airport to the Spanish island. Emily wrote on Twitter that while preparing to fly from Birmingham in the United Kingdom to the Canary Islands that she was informed by Thomas Cook staff that her outfit was “inappropriate” and “causing offense.” Emily was wearing a cropped top with spaghetti straps and high-waist pants.
She tweeted about the incident, saying: “Thomas Cook told me that they were going to remove me from the flight if I didn’t ‘cover up’ as I was ‘causing offence’ and was ‘inappropriate’.”
Flying from Bham to Tenerife, Thomas Cook told me that they were going to remove me from the flight if I didn’t “cover up” as I was “causing offence” and was “inappropriate”. They had 4 flight staff around me to get my luggage to take me off the plane. pic.twitter.com/r28nvSYaoY
— Emily O’Connor (@emroseoconnor) March 12, 2019
When O’Connor refused to change, she says a manager left to get her bag in order to remove her from the flight. In an interview with The Sun, a tabloid based in the UK, O’Connor called the incident “the most sexist, misogynistic, embarrassing experience of my life.” Emily says she then put on a jacket lent by her cousin, who was also on the flight. She says was left “shaking” and upset by the incident, as comments were made over the plane’s speakers about the situation.
In a statement to The Post Wednesday, a spokesman for the airline said Thomas Cooks’s cabin services director spoke with O’Connor personally to offer an apology. Thomas Cook in a statement said, “We are sorry that we upset Ms. O’Connor. It’s clear we could have handled 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. Our crews have the difficult task of implementing that policy and don’t always get it right.”