Woman in crop top told to cover up or get off plane

Daniel Fowler
March 16, 2019

Emily O'Connor, who is 21-year-old, was travelling from Birmingham to Tenerife, Spain on March 12 when the Thomas Cook airlines found her outfit "inappropriate".

Emily O'Connor sported the black crop top and orange pants which prompted five members of staff on board her flight to threaten to remove her from the plane if she didn't cover up (it was the crop top, not the orange pants, which caused the commotion).

"It was the most sexist, misogynistic, embarrassing experience of my life". Her humiliation was intensified, she said, when someone from the airline made comments over the speaker about the situation.

O'Connor said that she borrowed a jacket from her cousin, who was sitting at the front of the plane, and that the staff didn't leave until she put it on.

Thomas Cook has since apologised for the way staff handled the situation. She said that she got through security and roamed around the entire airport without any problem.

Emily added: "There was a man behind me wearing a vest top and a pair of shorts, and I was thinking to myself, I'm getting targeted, and said that my shoulders and arms are out, when a gentleman is in the exact same situation".

O'Connor Tweeted, "asked the plane (as they were all listening now anyway) if I was offending anyone, no-one said a word".

Thomas Cook Airlines said it has apologized to O'Connor and the airline's cabin services director had spoken to her "to find out more information" about the incident.

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In a statement to Fox News, the airline said it has a dress code that staff is responsible for implementing.

She said the manager of the Birmingham to Tenerife flight and staff surrounded her, saying she must put a jacket on.

O'Connor was eventually given a jacket by her cousin. As long as you can't see her nipples it doesn't really matter! We'll continue calling it out until airlines realise policing women's clothing is unacceptable.

She then told BirminghamLive: "I have never felt so vulnerable or humiliated, it was horrific". This applies equally to men and women of all ages without discrimination.

"We are sorry that we upset Ms. O'Connor", a Thomas Cook spokesperson told INSIDER.

"Our crews have the hard task of implementing that policy and don't always get it right".

O'Connor's ordeal has sparked a heated debate on Instagram with users both showing support to the United Kingdom woman and shunning her. O'Connor is from the town of Solihull southeast of Birmingham.

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