Passenger Stopped from Boarding A Flight Due to Shorts

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Should airlines have a dress code?

Last year a passenger was kicked off of a Southwest flight due to a t-shirt. Just a few days back a woman was stopped from boarding a flight due to her short shorts.

JetBue gate agents felt that the woman’s outfit wasn’t appropriate so she couldn’t get on her flight out of Boston. What makes it kind of ironic is that she was allowed to fly in the outfit on her flight to Boston where she was connecting.

The woman is a performer who goes by the name Maggie McMuffin. According to T+L, she said that “The flight crew had discussed it and the pilot had decided that I needed to put something else on or I would not be allowed to board the flight.”

She was told that the pilot had the final say and that these were not official rules!

McMuffin didn’t have other clothes to change into and offered to cover up by tying a sweater around her waist or by putting a blanket around her legs once onboard. Those option didn’t work for the airline so she had to buy pajama bottoms for $22.

T+L said that JetBlue denied that the passenger wasn’t allowed to board which I found confusing. JetBlue said that they “We support our crewmembers’ discretion to make these difficult decisions…. they also said that the passenger was “politely asked if she could change” when the flight crew “determined the burlesque shorts may offend other families on the flight.”

In the end JetBlue tried to make things right by giving McMuffin a $200 credit and a refund for her new $22 shorts.

So what do you think- should airlines have a dress code to avoid situations like this in the future?

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6 thoughts on “Passenger Stopped from Boarding A Flight Due to Shorts

  1. Enough! Enough about this story. She was compensated and boarded the plane. Entire Muslim families are kicked off the plane due a piece of cloth worn on a woman’s head and there are no apologies, no cries of outrage. Are men allowed to board the plane in underwear? Probably not. Women shouldn’t be allowed to either. It’s unsanitary above all else. Her private parts are about 1 centimeter away from direct contact with the seat, not to mention being in everyone’s face as she boards. Publicity stunt plain and simple. Enough attention. You want to be a BBQ dancer burlesque or whatever? Go for it, no one asked to she your show in the plane. Enough of this story

  2. I wonder if she refused to purchase the pajama pants and they would not let her board would she at that point be entitled to involuntary denied boarding compensation?

  3. Susan- It probably was a pr stunt but why the need to write enough three times? I wrote about it once! Maybe you read it elsewhere and it would’ve been better not to read my post to if you had… enough! 🙂

    Mike Murphy- Good one!

    Nas- Hmmm, good question.

    Rich- Can’t disagree!

  4. As a person I think this is absurd. I have seen a lot more risque attire on board.

    As a fellow passenger I would not want her to feel lonely or ridiculed and would volunteer that she sit next to me.

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