A Chicago woman accused Southwest Airlines of “watching” her dress choices this week after an airline employee temporarily banned her from boarding a plane for wearing an “obscene” top.
In a series of tweets Tuesday, Kayla Eubanks said she was trying to board her flight from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Midway Airport when she was stopped at the gate to wear an outfit that ‘one employee found it “obscene, obscene and offensive”.
Airline employees then told Eubanks that she had to cover up if she wanted to board the flight, according to a video posted by Eubanks on Twitter.
“I really want to know why @SouthwestAir is watching my clothes like this,” Eubanks tweeted. “How will my shirt impact my flight, for me, the other passengers or even the pilot?” Do you all have a dress code for CLIENTS paying to get on the plane? It’s constant monitoring of women’s bodies for me.
Eubanks said airline employees told him “passengers can look at me in my clothes and be offended. She then shared a photo of her outfit which showed her wearing a black halterneck top, a red maxi skirt and a black converse.
Moments later, the flight captain met Eubanks at the gate.
“They hate you because you look good, don’t they?” The captain can be heard saying in a video posted by Eubanks.
In the video shared on Twitter, the captain said he was unaware of the dress code policy for guests. He then offered to lend him one of his T-shirts.
Eubanks obliged and wore the pilot’s shirt so she could board the plane. En route to Chicago, however, she abducted it.
When the plane landed at Midway, Eubanks was greeted by two supervisors from Southwest Airlines to discuss her outfit, she tweeted. One employee said her top “revealed a lot”. Another asked if she was wearing a bikini top.
Eubanks learned that if she wore a similar outfit the next time she flew, she would not be allowed to take the flight.
Southwest Airlines confirmed on Saturday that the incident happened before Eubanks boarded the flight. The company also shared its customer policy in its “contract of carriage,” which prohibits clothing deemed “obscene, obscene, or clearly offensive.”
“Our employees discreetly informed the passenger of this dress policy and attempted to resolve the conversation before boarding,” the statement read. “She got on her scheduled flight to Chicago. We also contacted her directly to refund her ticket as a sign of goodwill. ”
Eubanks could not be reached for comment on Saturday.