- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Seattle burlesque dancer is speaking out against JetBlue after a flight crew recently deemed her shorts inappropriate.

The woman, who goes by the stage name Maggie McMuffin, said a JetBlue gate attendant approached her while she was waiting in line May 18 at the Boston airport to catch a connecting flight to Seattle, a local CBS News affiliate reported.

She said she was wearing the same white and black striped shorts she wore on her flight from New York to Boston earlier that day, without incident.

“[The attendant] told me that she was really sorry for bringing this up but just what I was wearing was not appropriate and the flight crew had discussed it and the pilot had decided that I needed to put something else on or I would not be allowed to board the flight,” Ms. McMuffin recalled.

She said it was the only outfit with her so she offered a compromise.

“I could tie a sweater around my waist,” she told a local ABC News affiliate. “I could get a blanket from you guys, and they said, ‘If you don’t change your clothes, you’re not going to be able to board this flight.’”

She said she was offered to be booked on another flight, but she decided to buy a pair of shorts at an airport gift shop so she could get home on time.

A JetBlue spokesman said in a statement that the gate and on-board crew discussed the the woman’s clothing and “determined that the burlesque shorts may offend other families on the flight.”

“While the customer was not denied boarding, the crew members politely asked if she could change. The customer agreed and continued on the flight without interruption,” the statement said. “We support our crew members’ discretion to make these difficult decisions, and we decided to reimburse the customer for the cost of the new shorts and offered a credit for future flight as a good will gesture.”

JetBlue offered a $162 flight credit and a refund for the $22 sleep trunks Ms. McMuffin wore home, but she said that’s not enough. She said she feels disrespected.

“I would say body shaming and slut shaming more than outright sexism, but it is really hard to remove those two things from misogyny,” she told ABC News.

Ms. McMuffin is asking for a personal apology from the pilot, a clearly stated dress code for airline passengers and a larger cash refund for the flight, CBS News reported.


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