In November Southwest Airlines kicked a Playboy Playmate off a flight over her revealing outfit. And in October a Southwest pilot gave a woman his sweater so she’d be allowed to fly since her “low-cut black halter top” was deemed inappropriate for the airline which plastered a bikini model on the side of one of its Boeing 737s.
Southwest is known for these sorts of incidents the way that Spirit Airlines and the U.K.’s Jet2 are known for lewd and drunk passenger stories. But passenger dress issues aren’t limited to Southwest.
A 23 year old woman was refused boarding her flight VA1447 from Adelaide to Gold Coast on Virgin Australia on Wednesday because her outfit’s top was “showing too much skin.”
Traveller, 23, stopped from boarding Virgin Australia flight after pilot said she was 'showing too much skin' https://t.co/oV9c5WqaqZ
— Daily Mail Australia (@DailyMailAU) January 14, 2021
Daily Mail Australia understands Ms Bampton was approached in the lounge because Virgin staff felt the way the ‘bikini-style top’ was being worn was unsuitable for travel.
Virgin Australia’s website state guests who do not meet the airline’s minimum dress requirements can be prevented from travelling until they are dressed appropriately.
Passengers must wear footwear, suitable clothing that covers their bottom half, such as shorts, skirts, or pants, and a shirt (singlets are acceptable) to be permitted to fly, according to the company’s website.
Australians are both casual and surprisingly conservative. Qantas lounges for instance have an enforced dress code. But the Virgin brand has literally sold sex for decades, so it’s an odd choice to for the carrier to make.
Virgin America, for instance – since acquired by Alaska Airlines – explicitly said ‘all passengers are welcome’ after a woman was photographed at one of their checkin desks in her underwear.
Filed under: the conservative culture that is Australia.
(HT: Rene’s Points)