American Airlines has apologised to a Texan doctor for asking her to cover herself with a blanket.
A Houston woman and her 8-year-old son were removed from an American Airlines flight on June 30 unless she “covered up” her summer outfit with a blanket.
Dr. Tisha Rowe, who identifies as African-American and Caribbean-American, was travelling from Jamaica to Miami wearing a strapless jumpsuit.
An American Airlines staff member told Rowe her outfit was “too distracting” and asked her and her child to leave the aircraft.
The flight attendant asked Rowe if she had a jacket to which she responded no.
“You cannot get on the plane dressed like that,” the crew member allegedly said.
The mother was given a blanket to cover up and returned to her seat.
The 37-year-old says she was left humiliated and believes her race was a factor.
“I have a very curvaceous body, and I put my body in bold colours, so you’re going to see it. But it’s not vulgar. It’s not inappropriate. It’s not bad, you know? If you put someone who’s a size 2 in the exact same outfit next to me, no one would be bothered,” Rowe said.
American Airlines apologised to Dr. Rowe and her son for their experience and has fully refunded them for the flight.
“We are proud to serve customers of all backgrounds and are committed to providing a positive, safe travel experience for everyone who flies with us,” an airline spokeswoman said.