If your shorts are too short, don’t fly JetBlue
People are up in arms after a woman boarding a JetBlue flight was told to change her short shorts or leave.
Maggie McMuffin, a burlesque dancer, was headed back home to Seattle from New York wearing a pair of chevron shorts, a sweater, and thigh-high socks when she was stopped.
She seemingly hadn't done anything wrong, but the JetBlue crew said her outfit was unfit for flight. They told her that her shorts were too short and she had to change in order to make the trip.
Here's Maggie McMuffin and her shorts:
Hey @JetBlue I was catching a connecting flight in Boston after a lovely flight from New York. Five minutes before boarding I was stopped.
— Maggie McMuffin (@MaggieMcMuff) May 18, 2016
— Joel Moreno (@JoelMorenoKOMO) May 31, 2016
JetBlue forced a woman to change her shorts before a flighthttps://t.co/qFuw3aeazy
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 1, 2016
She offered to tie a sweater around her waist or just drape a blanket dancer over herself, but they stuck to their word. So, instead, she was forced to go buy a pair of pajama pants that provided proper coverage from an airport store in order to board.
JetBlue has since reimbursed McMuffin for the cost of the pajama pants she was forced to buy, and offered her a $162 credit for a future flight. But she says she feels disrespected and won't be flying with them again.
Since the whole controversy, she's gotten tons of support on social media and JetBlue has received quite the opposite:
@JetBlue Do you have a PDF of acceptable shorts/skirt length for your flights? I don't want to offend your chauvinist pilots. Thanks!
— Persona non Rara (@raracomedy) May 25, 2016
.@JetBlue SHAME on you. Telling a woman in shorts to "change or get off the flight" because the pilot doesn't approve of her clothing?
— Chris Rocket (@xaoc) May 25, 2016
Appalled that @JetBlue would objectify a woman like that and refuse her service because of the length of her shorts.
— Karissa Celona (@riss7xo) June 1, 2016
— Kristen Bellstrom (@kayelbee) May 31, 2016
Why are we identifying the woman harassed by JetBlue for short shorts by her job? Burlesque dancer, teacher or the like -- it was wrong.
— Ellie Holmes (@ellierosetx) May 31, 2016
— October Surprise (@roboticpressure) May 29, 2016
— Pamela Wiznitzer (@PamelaWiznitzer) May 28, 2016
What do you think? Should there be a dress code for flights?
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Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.