Thomas Cook Threatened To Remove Girl From Flight Because Her Outfit ‘Caused Offence’

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in News, UK
Published 14.03.19
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Airlines are just notoriously bad institutions.

When they’re not delaying you they’re telling you you can’t eat peanuts. What is this?!

For most people, though, they’re a very necessary evil because otherwise you wouldn’t go anywhere. That’s why we all tolerate them because we know at the end of the ordeal we’re getting a holiday out of it.

That’s why coming home is always the worst.

However, Thomas Cook seemed to have completely overstepped their mark with this latest PR nightmare, apparently telling a girl to to “cover up and leave” on a flight for wearing inappropriate clothing – while wearing a top and trousers.

It’s like Victorian England! ‘That witch is showing a bit of ankle. Hang her!’

It’s ridiculous.

Emily O’Connor said she was told she was “causing offence” while on board a Thomas Cook flight from Birmingham to Tenerife and was surrounded by “four flight staff” who tried to remove her.

She said the manager of the Birmingham to Tenerife flight said she must put a jacket on. Hopefully it wasn’t a mix-up and they were referring to a life jacket…

Ms O’Connor said she was left “physically shaking” following the alleged incident. She then took to social media afterwards to voice her complaints about it, posting a poll about whether her outfit was considered inappropriate.

Spoiler alert: it’s not.

I mean, it’s literally just a normal top and trousers. Would they have kicked a bloke off for wearing a vest and shorts? Probably not, and I guarantee he’d have more skin on show than Emily.

Would look infinitely worse too.

Emily said she had passed through security, passport control and boarded the plane for the flight on 2nd March before anyone commented on what she was wearing.

She then explained what went down on the plane in further detail:

“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.

“To top it off they allowed a man hurl abuse at me whilst the Flight manager and 4 air staff stood and said nothing.

“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***ing jacket on”- the staff said nothing to him.”

I was given a jacket by my cousin sitting at the front of the plane and they 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.”

Since Emily’s post went viral, plenty of people came out in support of her highlighting how ridiculous the whole charade was.

Some even threatened to boycott the airline.

A Thomas Cook spokesman said the airline was “sorry” to have upset Miss O’Connor.

He said: “It’s clear we could have handled the situation better.

“In common with most airlines, we have an appropriate clothing policy. This applies equally to men and women of all ages without discrimination.

“Our crews have the difficult task of implementing that policy and don’t always get it right.”

Thomas Cook’s ‘Appropriate Attire’ guidelines reads: “Customers wearing inappropriate attire (including items with offensive slogans or images) will not be permitted to travel unless a change of clothes is possible.

This story just goes to show how stupidly sensitive and worried companies are about causing offence.

They’re actually so concerned with it that they’re going out of their way to find it. I bet nobody would have said anything about the way she was dressed if they’d have just let it be.

God I hate society these days. But not as much as I hate airlines.

Images via Twitter/Getty

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