Passenger left 'shaking' after being told to cover up on Birmingham flight

Mae Love
March 14, 2019

Emily O'Connor wrote on Twitter that while preparing to fly March 2 from Birmingham in the United Kingdom to the Canary Islands, she was informed by Thomas Cook staff that her outfit - a cropped top with spaghetti straps and high-waist trousers that exposed a section of her midriff - was "inappropriate" and "causing offence".

Emily added that to make matters worse, a man sitting two rows ahead of her yelled, "Shut up you pathetic woman, put a f***ing jacket on".

A woman has taken to Twitter to slam an airline after staff allegedly threatened to remove her from the plane unless she 'covered up'.

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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.

However, there were some people who also criticised Emily for "creating a scene" and suggested that she should have listened to the airline staff. "Put a fucking jacket on". I was physically shaking, and they could see that, yet they continued to sexualise and ridicule me. Emily was given a jacket by her cousin and the staff would not leave her until she put the jacket on.

Liz got a little bit handsy with Emily which didn't seem to go down too well. Credit ITV  This Morning
Liz got a little bit handsy with Emily which didn't seem to go down too well. Credit ITV This Morning

An airline spokesman told Express.co.uk: "We are sorry that we upset Ms O'Connor. It's clear we could have handled the situation better", the statement read.

Thomas Cook released a statement after the incident apologising for the ordeal Emily had to go through and promised that they would look into the matter.

"In common with most airlines, we have an appropriate clothing policy". The policy is applicable to men and women of all ages, it said, adding that airline crews face the "difficult task of implementing that policy and don't always get it right". "Our crews have the hard task of implementing that policy and don't always get it right", the airline added. "Footwear much be worn on the aircraft".

The holidaymaker was forced to defend herself further as she appear of Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield's sofa on This Morning.

Miss O'Connor, who is from Solihull, posted a picture of what she was wearing on Twitter and has since had thousands of messages of support.

She said: "I would suggest when it comes to flying, to look chic yet comfortable is key".

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