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JetBlue Stops Woman From Boarding a Plane Because of Her Outfit

May 31, 2016

Gate agents thought her shorts might be offensive to families

A JetBlue passenger was forced to change her shorts at a Boston airport, after gate agents said her attire was too inappropriate for the flight.

The Seattle burlesque performer, who goes by Maggie McMuffin, was wearing thigh-high socks, shorts and a sweater when she was stopped on May 18, reports CBS station KIRO-TV. While trying to board her connecting flight at Logan Airport, she says the flight crew told here that they had “discussed it and the pilot had decided that I needed to put something else on or I would not be allowed to board the flight.”

“I felt very disrespected” she told KIRO-TV, saying that her outfit wasn’t seen as a problem when she flew from New York to Boston earlier that day.

After scrambling to another terminal to buy a new $22 pair of shorts, McMuffin was finally allowed to fly home. JetBlue gave her a $200 credit and a refund on the new shorts.

In a statement, reports KIRO-TV, JetBlue said the company supports the crew members as they make difficult decisions. “The gate and on board crew discussed the customer’s clothing and determined that the burlesque shorts may offend other families on the flight,” the airline said. “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.”