Cleavage Got a Woman Booted From Southwest Flight?
Now the Airline Is Offering Her an Apology and a Refund
Unless you're a size 2 and wear an A-cup bra, prepare yourself for the possibility of being harassed if you fly Southwest Airlines: a more well-endowed female passenger who calls herself Avital says she was told she couldn't board a Southwest flight from Las Vegas to New York earlier this month because her cleavage was "inappropriate."
Avital (pictured at left) tells Jezebel.com that she did end up boarding the flight, and even ignored the request that she button up a flannel shirt she was wearing to cover her cleavage.
"I didn't want to let the representative's 'Big Feelings' about my breasts change the way I intended to board my flight," she told Jezebel.com. "And lo and behold, the plane didn't fall out of the sky … my cleavage did not interfere with the plane's ability to function properly."
Southwest, the airline that has become notorious for giving its customers grief about weight and appearance issues (remember the Kevin Smith incident?), reportedly offered Avital an apology and a refund of her ticket cost.
But the incident still puzzles her, she says, because though she was wearing a sundress (with a flannel shirt over it) on a very hot day, she said a man sitting in front of her was wearing a t-shirt that probably would have offended a lot more people.
"To add insult to injury, the guy sitting in front of me on the plane was wearing a shirt with an actual Trojan condom embedded behind a clear plastic applique and had no trouble getting on his flight," Avital added. "Slut shaming, pure and simple."
A Southwest spokesperson told a Jezebel writer that the company apologized, but reiterated that employees can refuse to transport anyone thanks to Southwest's Contract of Carriage.
"As a Company that promotes a casual and family-focused atmosphere onboard our aircraft and in our airports, we simply ask that our Customers use good judgment and exercise discretion in deference to other Customers who depend on us to provide a comfortable travel experience," the spokesperson said. "Our Flight Crews and Employees are responsible for the safety and comfort of everyone onboard the flight."