A woman boarding a JetBlue flight from Boston to Seattle was told to cover up because her shorts were reportedly too short.
The incident happened earlier in the month of May to a local burlesque dancer known as Maggie McMuffin. McMuffin says she was wearing a sweater, shorts, and thigh-high socks, but wasn't allowed on the JetBlue flight until she covered up.
McMuffin alleges that she flew into Boston wearing the same outfit that day and had no problems. McMuffin believes the decision is connected to body shaming and misogyny. "My problem with this is that it's entirely subjective," McMuffin said. "And when we start making women's bodies subjective we get into a lot of shaky areas as a society. And I feel this is just a small indicator of that."
In a statement released to Fox35, a JetBlue spokesperson issued the following regarding the incident: "The gate and onboard crew discussed the customer's clothing and determined that the burlesque shorts may offend other families on the flight.
While the customer was not denied boarding, the crew members politely asked if she could change. The customer agreed and continued on the flight without interruption.
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 good will gesture."
McMuffin says she didn't have any other clothes with her at the time. In addition she says she offered to tie her sweater around her waist and even asked for a blanket, but wasn't allowed on board after being offered a booking on another flight.
McMuffin says she eventually was able to buy $22 sleep pants at the airport and get on board. For her trouble JetBlue offered her a $200 credit and a refund on the pants she bought, but the Seattle native says the incident still has her angry and that she wants an apology from the pilot who made the final decision.