American tells woman her outfit would be offensive to families.
A 26-year-old Turkish bodybuilder was reportedly refused boarding by American Airlines gate staff because her outfit would be offensive to families.
Deniz Saypinar was travelling from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas to Miami for Swim Week when she was told she was wearing “too short” denim shorts that would “disturb families” on the plane.
She was stopped from boarding her flight and asked to wait until the next morning to be rebooked.
Saypinar took to her Instagram account to vent about the incident.
“You will never believe what happened to me at Texas Airport,” she said.
“They literally didn’t take me to the plane because they say ‘you’re naked and you offend other families.”
Saypinar said that she had moved to America to “experience freedom” but was shocked by the “ridiculous” behaviour of American Airlines staff.
“I am an athlete, and now I have to wait here until the morning. I like to wear feminine clothes that reveal my femininity, but I never dress in a way that will offend anyone. I’m mature and civilised enough to know what I can and cannot wear.”
Saypinar, who is the first non-American citizen to win the US National Bikini Fitness Competition, was allowed to board her rebooked flight after putting on an oversized t-shirt.
In a statement, American Airlines said: “On 8 July, American Airlines denied boarding for a customer travelling from Dallas-Fort Worth to Miami. As stated in the conditions of carriage, all customers must dress appropriately and offensive clothing isn’t permitted on board our flights.
“The customer was advised of our policy and was rebooked on a subsequent flight. The customer has since arrived in Miami.”