Deniz Saypinar, the first Turkish woman to become an International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness pro and the first non-American to win the US National Bikini Fitness Competition, is a fitness model with over 1 million followers on Instagram. American Airlines denied her boarding on a flight from Dallas Fort Worth to Miami on Thursday because they found her attire too revealing.
In an Instagram story she said the airline’s employees called her “naked.” She posted photos of her outfit at the airport. Here she is in a DFW bathroom wearing “a brown top, denim shorts and trainers, as well as a white blouse tied around her waist.”
Saypinar says she “like[s] to wear feminine clothes that reveal my femininity, but I never dress in a way that will offend anyone. I’m mature and civilized enough to know what I can and cannot wear.” She felt treated “like the worst person in the world for wearing denim shorts.”
To her it’s an issue of feminism and religious freedom, offering that she “moved from Islamic country because how they treat women as a [redacted] second or third even no class and now this is happening.”
According to American Airlines,
On July 8, American Airlines denied boarding for a customer traveling from Dallas-Fort Worth to Miami. As stated in the conditions of carriage, all customers must dress appropriately and offensive clothing isn’t permitted onboard our flights.
The customer was advised of our policy and was rebooked on a subsequent flight. The customer has since arrived in Miami.
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 happen at American, too.
Virgin America, since acquired by Alaska Airlines, famously declared ‘all passengers are welcome’ after a woman was photographed at one of their checkin desks in her underwear.