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Reality TV Star Shamed For Her Attire By Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant – View from the Wing

Reality TV Star Shamed For Her Attire By Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant

Seven-time competitor on television’s “American Ninja Warrior” Maggi Thorne flew Southwest Airlines from Omaha to Orlando and reports being “shamed” by a flight attendant over her attire. The crewmember let her know that her tank top and “high waisted pants” weren’t appropriate in public. She was on a flight to Florida, though! And j

Oddly it seems to me like dressing up to do physical stunts and acrobatics ought to be almost on-brand for Southwest?

While it was American Airlines that insisted a former Miss Universe cover up to be allowed to fly (when video showed other passengers wearing less), Southwest is actually known for removing passengers for their attire.

It was 16 years ago that Kyla Ebbert had 15 seconds of worldwide fame getting kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight for her outfit (‘too sexy to fly’). Back then the airline ran a fare sale based on the publicity,

Southwest Airlines today faces the bare facts and reveals the naked truth by issuing an apology to its Customers who have commented about its handling of a few who were dressed in revealing clothing. …Southwest has lowered its already skimpy fares to “mini-skirt” size of $49 to $109 one-way.

“Some have said we’ve gone from loving hot pants to having hot flashes but nothing could be farther from the truth, “said Southwest’s CEO Gary Kelly. “The publicity caught us with our pants down, quite frankly. The story has such great legs, but we have an even better sense of humor, so we’re going to jump out there and lower our fares to match the mini skirts we’ve all been hearing so much about.”

This is an airline that plastered Israeli model Bar Refaeli in a bikini on the side of one of their 737s, which I take as prima facie evidence that the attire in question doesn’t violate Southwest’s standards of what’s appropriate to fly.

Here are Southwest’s original flight attendant uniforms, designed by their original President’s wife. The airline’s ticker symbol is LUV. The peanuts they used to serve onboard were “Love Bites.” Their original ticketing machines were called Quickies.

The days of getting dressed up on planes, like you would for formal dinner on a cruise ship, are long gone. Over the past few years there haven’t been as many business travelers in business attire either. Dress guidelines are vague and left to the interpretation and discretion of gate agents and flight crew. Here it seems to me they got this one wrong.


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