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Doctor Shares 'Offensive' Outfit She Was Told To 'Cover Up' On Flight

Doctor Shares 'Offensive' Outfit She Was Told To 'Cover Up' On Flight”

Tisha Rowe, 37, a doctor from Houston, Texas, took to Twitter on Sunday, June 30, posting that she was 'disgusted" and 'humiliated' after being asked to step off a plane for a 'talk' during which she was asked to "cover up' for a flight from Kingston, Jamaica, to Miami,Florida.

Rowe believes there was nothing inappropriate about her outfit and that she was the victim of hypersexualization of Black women's bodies. Once outside, she was met by another another attendant who inquired if she had a jacket before explaining that the ensemble she was wearing, a printed strapless romper, was deemed "too distracting" by members of the flight crew. She says the incident left her 8-year-old son in tears.

Rowe claimed that a flight attendant approached her after boarding the aircraft and asked her to deplane. "I'm fine with my outfit, like, what's the issue", she said.

Rowe, meanwhile, has said she was thankful for the "outpouring of love" she's received since sharing the story.

Once home, Dr Rowe uploaded two photos of herself in the outfit to Twitter where has been flooded with messages from support. I don't want to be in this situation.

On Tuesday the airline said it had given an apology and a refund to Rowe and her son.

She told the news outlet: "It just felt like a Mean Girlsstandoff in the hallway at high school because that's the only way you're getting on at this point; as if I'm not a paying customer".

'So American Airlines just told me I couldn't board the flight without putting a jacket over my ASSETS. That contract mentions attire, stating, "Dress appropriately; bare feet or offensive clothing aren't allowed". "This air hostess confronted me in front of the whole plane and said I wasn't allowed on in that top", she said.

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Gilson said the airline reached out to Rowe after hearing about her experience.

"We were concerned about Dr Rowe's comments, and reached out to her and our team at the Kingston airport to gather more information about what occurred", the statement read.

"I turned, and I looked at my backside, and I kind of gave myself that, you know, girl check", she told Business Insider. "Mixed in with the climate that we're in in this country, mixed in with the biases that people have around black folks, around fat black folks, around fat people in general, that they are allowed to use that bias to then make it seem as though they have some entitlement to space".

"We apologize to Dr. Rowe and her son for their experience", she said.

'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.' .

In October 2017, the NAACP issued a travel advisory warning black passengers to avoid American Airlines flights, saying they might be subject to "disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions".

"I just don't want this to happen to anyone else".

Rowe's attorney, Geoffrey Berg of the Houston law firm Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval, said an American Airlines representative told him that the carrier does not want to be portrayed "in this way".



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