Airline confronts passenger over cleavage

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  1. sobore
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    http://travel.msn.co.nz/travelnews/8484841/airline-confronts-passenger-over-cleavage

    A US airline has been forced to apologise after a staff member told a female passenger she would not be able to board a flight because her dress revealed too much cleavage.

    The passenger, identified only as Avita, told news website Jezebel that she was instructed to button up her flannel shirt because her low-cut dress was "inappropriate".

    Despite being told by a Southwest Airlines representative that she would not be allowed to board, Avita went onto the plane anyway.

    "I didn't want to let the representative's big feelings about my breasts change the way I intended to board my flight," she said.

    "And lo and behold, the plane didn't fall out of the sky...my cleavage did not interfere with the plane's ability to function properly."

    Avita said her outfit was no less appropriate than a fellow passenger was wearing a shirt with an actual condom embedded into it.

    Read More: http://travel.msn.co.nz/travelnews/8484841/airline-confronts-passenger-over-cleavage
     
  2. uggboy
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    " Over " reaction is now the " minimal " action in our daily lives!:)
     
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    wait, what? :confused: when this ever appropriate? (the condom not the cleavage. LOL!)

    as for the cleavage issue, have they looked at any of the current TV shows or fashion advertisements? i find it more offensive to be on a plane with those who don't think personal hygiene is important. :p
     
  4. kw335
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    She should've been charged extra for being "passenger of size" ;)
     
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    and there I thought Southwest didn't have inflight entertainment.
     
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    Yes, but I don't understand, the airline representative, remember, that Southwest doesn't charge for "carry ons". ;-)

    Sent from my iPhone using milepoint
     
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    Just clicked the link to the article.

    That's barely showing a cleavage, IMHO. I've seen way worse than that on the plane.
     
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    I have seen much worse as well...and with less cleavage, too.
     
  9. Jaimito Cartero
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    Most of these stories always seem to come from WN. Greyhound of the air, I know, but still...
     
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    This always seems to happen on Southwest, which leads me to suspect (in my more cynical moments) that it's intentional, Southwest's way of saying that hot or scantily clad women fly their airline.
     
  11. sobore
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    Then why don't they capitalize on it? I 'm willing to pay an extra $10 to sit next to her. :p
    They could market it as their "Rack Rate"
     
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    Omg.
     
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    A very interesting situation. Please keep me abreast of all updates.
     
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    It is funny that it does always seem to be on SW. If it's intentional, then my guess is it's more of a way to promote SW as a 'family' airline by cracking down on scantily clad women, as that seems to be their target customer anyway. Since they don't seem to have any steadfast rules on these type of situations (which would probably create all kinds of problems) and they always apologize and reimburse the passenger somehow it does seem to be a tool to create cheap publicity.
     
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    even if I could apply an SPG 50% off rack rate not sure it would be worth it! :p
     
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    I'm surprised at Milepointers 'tit-for-tat' attitude while trying to reach the bosom of the issue.
    The topic jugs many emotions, and focuses us on our chest of knowledge.
    This makes me think the entire topic is a bust.
     
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    I give you D for effort, DD for milking the issue! ;)
     
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    < will not reply to this Canarsie type of reply since I don't want to encourage further tit for tat behavior. :p
     
  19. Scottrick
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    I don't think Southwest was ever making the argument that her cleavage in some way would disrupt the plane's mechanical operation. Her comment indicates someone who just doesn't understand why it was an issue in the first place.
     
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    I can see both sides of this issue.

    (The right side and the left side.)
     
  21. nsx
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    This is the first of these cases in which the protagonist is not seeking media exposure at the expense of Southwest. The Kyla story was a classic: She cashed in with multiple talk show appearances and a Playboy photo spread. It turned out that the doctor she was visiting by air was an implant surgeon. Very well played by her mother and her.

    Please don't lump Avita with Kyla. Avita's story does not appear to be artificially enhanced.

    With Southwest's new decreased seat pitch, passengers like this will find parts of their bodies riding atop the tray table after they fold it down. So, yes, talk of rack rate might be appropriate.
     
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    Tray Bien.
     
  23. Canarsie
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    What is wrong with my way of keeping abreast of this topic?

    Just take your thoughts and get it off of your chest. Surely you will find ample support for your position if you bounce it around enough...
     
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    Why is this not happening on Virgin America?
     
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    You could have milked this for 13 possible puns, but having found only five, you lacked eight.
     
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