JetBlue Bans Passenger for Wearing Short Shorts

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A JetBlue passenger is accusing the airline of “body-shaming and slut-shaming” after she says crew members told her the shorts she was wearing were too skimpy The passenger, a burlesque dancer who goes by the stage name Maggie McMuffin, says she was about to board a Seattle-bound JetBlue flight in Boston on May 18 when a crew member told her she would have to change her clothes because her black and white shorts “may offend other families.”

McMuffin says she argued with the crew, suggesting some possible ways to cover up her sultry outfit. “[I said], ‘I could tie a sweater around my waist,'” she told ABC’s Seattle affiliate, KOMO-TV. “‘I could get a blanket from you guys.’ And they said, ‘If you don’t change your clothes, you’re not going to be able to board this flight.'”

She says she was eventually allowed to board the flight after buying new clothing at a kiosk. Two weeks after the incident, JetBlue is standing by its decision, saying after “the gate and onboard crew discussed the customer’s clothing,” its employees determined “other families” might have been offended by her outfit.

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“We support our crew members’ discretion to make these difficult decisions, and we decided to reimburse the customer for the cost of the new shorts and offered a credit for future flight as a goodwill gesture,” the airline said in a statement after giving McMuffin a $160 credit.

“I would say body-shaming and slut-shaming more than outright sexism, but it is really hard to remove those two things from misogyny,” McMuffin said in a response to KOMO-TV.


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