British woman says Thomas Cook Airlines threatened to take her off plane for flying in ‘inappropriate wear’


A British woman has launched an all-out attack against Thomas Cook Airlines for threatening to remove her from the flight because of her objectionable wear. In a series of tweets, Emily O’Connor, a resident of Birmingham in West Midlands, wrote that the cabin crew had raised objection to her crop top with spaghetti straps and high-waisted orange pants, calling them ‘objectionable.’

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She said that the incident happened on her way from Birmingham to Tenerife. She wrote, “Flying from Bham to Tenerife, Thomas Cook told me that they were going to remove me from the flight if I didn’t “cover up” as I was “causing offence” and was “inappropriate”. They had 4 flight staff around me to get my luggage to take me off the plane.”

She even launched a poll on Twitter asking users to vote on whether her dress was indeed likely to cause provocation. She wrote, “I informed the staff that there is no “appropriate wear” policy stipulated online. I stood up on the flight and asked if anyone was offended, no-one said a word. Would really appreciate if you could vote and share on the below!” At the time of writing this article, more than 80% of the 82,000 respondents had said that her dress was perfectly fine for travelling.

The woman alleged that the cabin crew remained mute spectator when a passenger hurled ‘abuse’ at her. She then went on to add the context to her story as she wrote, “Wore this through the airport (security, passport control etc), boarded the plane, told to cover up by the greeting staff, sat down, flight manager and 4 flight staff said I would be removed unless I put a jacket on.

“asked the plane (as they were all listening now anyway) if I was offending anyone, no-one said a word. The manager then went to get my bag to remove me from the flight. A man then shouted “Shut up you pathetic woman. Put a f*cking jacket on”- the staff said nothing to him.”

She said that her cousin gave her cousin, who was travelling in the same flight. “They (cabin crew) did not leave until I physically put it on. They made comments over the speaker about the situation and left me shaking and upset on my own.”



  1. The airline staff might have given ‘appropriate’ reason citing ‘ official’ policy. They, instead, have unnecessarily courted controversy by humiliating and harassing a woman


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