A 31-year-old mother of two was kicked off an EasyJet flight. She claims it was because sexist staff did not like her sheer top. EasyJet claims it was due to her bad behavior toward the crew.
Harriet Osborne was traveling from Malaga to Stansted on EasyJet last week, wearing a see-through top that prompted some passengers to complain left nothing to the imagination. An EasyJet flight attendant approached Osborne and here is where to two different narratives emerge.
Osborne claims that the crew was rude and combative. She told The Sun:
The crew were horrible and made me feel cheap. This air hostess confronted me in front of the whole plane and said I wasn’t allowed on in that top.
She said to me, “Oh no, move to the side,’ and tried to cover me up with my hands.”
She said, “You’re not coming on my plane like that — you need to put a top on.”
Then she ordered me off the plane, so of course I put a top on. When I tried to get back on she turned to the ground crew and said, “She’s not coming on my plane.”
I was in shock. It was so sexist. I just burst out crying. We had to walk back through the terminal where Spanish police stopped to question us. They were baffled when I told them why we’d been kicked off.
Osborne also insists that though she was not wearing a bra, she used “tape” to cover up. By her account, the problem seems to be prudish behavior by one member of the cabin crew. She further indicated that she was willing to wear an alternate top provided by the airline.
EasyJet Offers A Different Account
But EasyJet presents a different account of the events. A spokesperson told The Independent:
We can confirm that a passenger travelling from Malaga to Stansted on 23 June was unable to travel due to behaving disruptively.
Following concerns about her clothing, crew politely requested that the customer wear an additional top for the flight which the customer agreed to. However, she then proceeded to act disruptively towards a member of our crew.
Our cabin and ground crew are trained to assess all situations and to act quickly and appropriately. We do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour towards our staff.
By the way, you can see what Osborne was wearing here (don’t worry, it’s safe for work). She was escorted off the flight and slept in the Malaga airport before buying a new ticket back to London the following day.
Here we have two plausible tales and perhaps the truth lies somewhere in between. This is an interesting story because in all accounts — from tabloids to mainstream news — we do not hear from any passengers.
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