A woman called Tisha Rowe said that she was removed from an American Airlines flight because her outfit was considered “inappropriate” prompting anger online and the airline to refund her travel.
The 37-year-old medicine physician from Texas was flying from Kingston Jamaica, to Miami on 30 June when the flight attendant took her aside and told her they needed to have a conversation.
Tisha tweeted the conversation between them, which happened after they deplaned.
Tweeting, she wrote: “I was asked to ‘cover up’. When defending my outfit I was threatened with not getting back on the flight unless I walked down the aisle wrapped in a blanket. #notsofriendlyskies”
The medical professional tweeted a picture of what she was wearing. It was a shoulder-less romper.
Here is what i was wearing when @AmericanAir asked me to deplane for a talk. At which point I was asked to “cover… https://t.co/d5aSgdfh3G— Tisha Rowe MD, MBA (@Tisha Rowe MD, MBA) 1561942873
The only rules regarding dress as per the airline guidelines state:
Dress appropriately; bare feet or offensive clothing aren’t allowed.
People were angry on Rowe’s behalf
@tisharowemd @AmericanAir I see white girls with their who ha hanging out on flights to Vegas hammered all the time nothing!— shea (@shea) 1562100134
@tisharowemd @choo_ek @AmericanAir WTF 🤬 @AmericanAir what is this nonsense? There is nothing wrong with her outfit. https://t.co/lkKCTsENJH— Maria Maria (@Maria Maria) 1561999829
And called it "discrimination"
They are demanding the airline apologise
@tisharowemd @AmericanAir Another physician here demanding you apologize for the way you hypersexualized and police… https://t.co/qmYuIGl6xU— Elizabeth DeLuca, MD (@Elizabeth DeLuca, MD) 1562038433
Rowe, who was with her eight-year-old-son told BuzzFeed News she felt “powerless.”
“I felt powerless,” Rowe said. “There was nothing I could do in that moment other than give up my money and my seat to defend my position that I was completely appropriate.”
She used a blanket provided by the airline staff to cover up her waist.
To me, there was never an ounce of empathy, an ounce of apology, any attempt to maintain my dignity throughout the situation.
Rowe added that she believes the airline had racially discriminated her, saying if a white woman was dressed in the same manner, there would not have been a problem.
Shannon Gilson, a spokesperson for American Airlines, said in a statement that the company has tried to reach Rowe to "personally apologise" to her and her son for their experience.
We were concerned about Dr. Rowe’s comments, and reached out to her and our team at the Kingston airport to gather more information about what occurred.
We want to personally apologise 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
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