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Airline sorry for asking flyer to ‘cover up’ or miss flight

Flyer told to wear blanket over outfit

A US carrier has apologised to a passenger who claims to have been given an ultimatum to “cover up” or miss her flight. 


Houston-based physician, Tisha Rowe said she was told by American Airlines staff that her attire was inappropriate and that she should use a blanket to cover herself up. 



After she shared her experience on social media, the carrier apologised and offered the woman a full refund.


Dr Rowe said she had been “disgusted” and “humiliated” by the request. 


"My shorts covered EVERYTHING but apparently was too distracting to enter the plane," she tweeted along with a photo of her outfit, a strapless shirt and matching shorts. 


"When defending my outfit I was threatened with not getting back on the flight unless I walked down the aisle wrapped in a blanket." 


Rowe also claims her son was left in tears under the blanket she was asked to wear. 


"As a physician i know the negative impact of #racism on health and i am speaking up because i hope no one else has endure what i did because they don’t fit the mold," she wrote. 


"We are policed for being black. Our bodies are over sexualized as women and we must ADJUST to make everyone around us comfortable. I’ve seen white women with much shorter shorts board a plane without a blink of an eye."


AA representative Shannon Gibson said the airline had "reached out to her and our team at the Kingston airport to gather more information about what occurred". 


"We apologize to Dr Rowe and her son for their experience, and have fully refunded their travel,”. Gibsin told USA Today


"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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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 10 July 2019

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