On January 30th, an unidentified woman was allegedly removed from a Spirit airplane for “showing too much cleavage” and not “covering it up.”
While the plane was preparing for takeoff, a flight attendant approached the woman about being drunk. While the woman did say she enjoyed a beer at the airport bar before boarding the plane, she insisted that she was absolutely not drunk.
After the scolding flight attendant reprimanding her for the evils of drinking, she then allegedly told the woman that she “might want to cover up,” gesturing at her bosom.
The woman immediately followed orders by using a coat to cover herself up. However, the flight attendant allegedly came back multiple times to tell the woman that her breasts were still not properly covered, and that she would be removed from the airplane if she didn’t comply. The woman began crying, and another passenger, Cathy Supp, offered her a tissue.
The flight attendant returned to yell at the woman about crying when Cathy spoke up for her. As a result, both women were tossed off the airplane.
Cathy wrote about the issue on Facebook:
Because Spirit Airlines wrongfully ejected me from the plane after offering a tissue to a quietly sobbing young lady, who had been first accused of being drunk, then after trying to persuade her to leave on her own by threatening police intervention if she were to somehow get sick or become disruptive during the flight!
After assuring all THREE flight attendants that although she & her companion had been finishing a beer before boarding, but was not drunk & would be fine, they left her alone for a few minutes, then came back and said her bosom was too exposed!
Granted she was well endowed and wearing a lowcut top, but she was covered. They claimed they had had complaints.
She tried to pull her top up further to cover more, each time another flight attendant came with the same issue, telling her in loud and rude tones that she’ll have leave the plane if she can’t get them covered.
The gate agent came on board and very politely and quietly spoke with her, she asked for a blanket, the airlines no longer provide — so she took out a big coat put it on and completely covered up to the neck!
Minutes go by, me & my seat mate converse about their rudeness and never having seen anyone have such a cleavage issue!
The woman said, “That poor girl is so upset she’s crying”
I couldn’t hear her, I peeked between the seat and there she was sobbing into her hands. I reached into my bag got a pack of tissues, turned to give it to her and said it’s going to be ok just breathe.
Immediately a flight attendant rushed to her pointing his finger and saying
“I told you if I got called to your seat again I’ll toss you off”
“She’s crying,”I said, “Who called you?”
He says, “I’m talking to her not you” pointing
I felt it important to convey that I had initiated contact w/this young lady, she hadn’t been bothering me.
He stated,”I am a FLIGHT ATTENDANT! I can toss you off this plane!”
When the woman interviewed with local media she said that, “It’s not even about money. I was really embarrassed.”
Supp had to stay the night at the airport and get a flight the next day because of her removal from the flight.
Spirit Airlines — which is famous for being total garbage — has issued a statement saying that passengers get kicked off of flights for behavior, not cleavage.