Why do you dress like that on a plane?

This week’s Hump Day Hmm is a bit of a lighter topic. Take something and find the humor in it; write about it from a humorous angle, sarcastic, any way you want. There’s still time to get involved, it’s only noon on the east coast. šŸ˜‰

Over the last couple of days, there have been a couple of stories about women being told that they’re dressed too skimpily to fly on Southwest Airlines. It just doesn’t make any sense to me at all.

While the passengers were totally within their rights to wear what they did (and there is nothing in the Southwest Contract of Carriage (PDF) that specifies a dress code), what I don’t get is the circumstances they found themselves in.

Let’s look at the first story. Kyla Ebbert was told to get off of a plane because she was wearing clothes that was “too revealing”. Well, yeah, she was dressed in something that could be considered to be showing off her stuff – there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that (and honestly, she looks pretty darn good in it). However, it just doesn’t add up.

First off, she claims that she was flying from San Diego to Tuscon for a doctor’s appointment. Is there a shortage of doctors in San Diego? Matt Lauer never bothered asking why she was flying interstate to see a doctor, and it certainly doesn’t sound like her family lives in Tuscon. The next issue is the question of why in the world she was wearing these clothes to go to the doctor? This is the outfit in question –

I don’t know about you, but when I go to the doctor, I try to wear something sensible – full length pants at the very least; it’s not that difficult to do, and certainly not that much of an expectation for anyone. The story gets better though.

Apparently she has a really good doctor which she doesn’t have to sit in the waiting room for very long as she had only 2 hours to see them before having to get back out to the airport to board her return flight. Therefore, she didn’t get different clothes to wear for the return trip, and on this occasion, she was actually complimented about her clothes.

The second story involves someone called Setara Qassim. Although her episode happened before Ms. Ebbert’s, she first came forward with her story after the first one aired on the Today Show. She was asked to cover up on a flight from Las Vegas to Burbank in June. In this case, she’s wearing clothes that is less revealing than the first girl (and honestly, it doesn’t look good on her), but still “felt the same way” that the other girl did.

It all sounds a bit fishy to me. Why did the second woman wait until after seeing the story on the news to make a point that the same thing happened to her? How come the station didn’t wait a day to get a response from Southwest before going to air on the story?

The funny thing is that both of these women decided to get on the plane wearing clothes that just shouldn’t be worn on a plane in the first place. In the second case, if it’s true that she was asked to put a blanket around her for the flight, what would have happened if there was an emergency? Never mind the fact that she’d have issues with the clothes she had on in the first place, would the attendants still have the same hardline attitude towards her clothes when going down the slide?

Another strange thing is why anyone cared what they were wearing in the first place. It’s not like any other passengers complained about their clothes (or so they claimed). Maybe it’s just one old frumpy woman who had the issue with their clothes. Or a cranky old man. We’ll probably never know the full story.

If you want a primer (not that y’all do need one, this is pointed at those who don’t quite understand what to wear when flying) for what to wear, I recommend that you read Snoskred’s guide to plane clothes. I guarantee that if you follow her guide, you’ll never have to file a frivolous lawsuit against an airline for being told to cover up. šŸ˜‰

Maybe they should recommend that if you have a dumb name like Kyla or Setara, you should pass up on flying? I don’t know, but I have this feeling that if they were called Kylie or Sandra, there’d be no issue. Oh well….

5 thoughts on “Why do you dress like that on a plane?

  1. Are you KIDDING me? Those outfits were TOO REVEALING? And some person got so pokered up that she or he said something to the airline, who then complied with that person instead of full on laughing in their face?


    Where is this country?

    The US???

    I can unequivocally state that where I live, probably 90% of the people would be considered “too revealing” if those are the standards. People frequently wear tank tops and shorts. It’s HOT here. You wear as little as you can, typically all natural fibers. (I think polyester could kill here.)

    I wore lightweight linen pants to a meeting on Monday and nearly had heat stroke.

    Oh my gosh I’m trying to get over my shock, suspend my disbelief.

    I am laughing though.

    Using My Words

  2. We haven’t heard about this story in the UK, so everything I know about it I’ve read online… I’m seriously hoping there’s more to it, otherwise this is really obnoxious.

    But then, I’ve thought for a while that US airline personel have gotten WAY too big for their britches ever since 9/11 and it became a federal crime to look at them crosseyed.

  3. If these women were involved in a plane crash, there is no doubt they’d potentially be in big trouble.

    Save the fashion for the catwalk, ladies.. unless you want to risk 80% third degree burns in the event of a crash and fire!

  4. Julie – It is hard to believe that those outfits were revealing (especially the second one), but I guess someone had a chip on their shoulder or something. I also don’t think that these girls had the will to actually stand up to the airline employee who told them to cover up.

    I agree that if it’s hot you need to dress comfortably, and that there probably were other ways that they could have dressed and stayed comfortable without having issues with this.

    Ah well, I can’t wait to hear how much they’re going to sue for… šŸ˜‰

    Jayne – I don’t think it’s a crime to look at them crosseyed just yet, but you never know. I agree that they’ve gone way out of bounds when it comes to taking control of the plane and its passengers. They claim it’s in the name of safety, but you have to wonder at times.

    Gwen – They need to fill 4 hours of content on the Today Show, so I’m guessing that the bottom of the barrel isn’t far away…

    Snos – Who cares about safety? Come on, you have to dress good so that you can meet someone on the airplane and join the mile high club…….she probably didn’t pay attention to the safety briefing either. šŸ˜‰

    Thanks y’all šŸ™‚

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