Tenerife is a beautiful tropical island in the Canary Islands off the coat of Spain. It is very popular with European tourist for it’s temperate climate, natural beauty and party scene. It’s especially popular with British tourists looking to escape the dreary English winters for a holiday in the sun. Tourists like Emily O’Connor, who planned to fly from Birmingham, England to Tenerife on Thomas Cook Airlines. She almost didn’t make it.
Before the Thomas Cook Airline plane took of, Ms. O’Connor was asked by the flight crew to “cover up,” adding that she was “causing offense,” and that her outfit was “inappropriate.” She was stunned and took to Twitter to share her outrage. In a tweet, she pointed out that she “wore (the outfit) through the airport (security, passport control etc), boarded the plane, told to cover up by the greeting staff, sat down, flight manager and 4 flight staff said I would be removed unless I put a jacket on…”
That’s right, they decided on the plane the she needed to put a jacket on to cover herself or she would be kicked off. O’Connor was stunned an confused.
The flight crew went so far as to grab her bag and start to take it out of the overhead bin when O’Connor’s cousin gave her a jacket to put on, but not before a random passenger yelled “Shut up you pathetic woman. Put a (censored) jacket on!”
It’s hard not to feel totally attacked at that moment. A to add insult to injury, the four crew members stood there and waited until O’Connor put the jacket on, like she was a three-year-old that was told to finish her vegetables.
What do you think? Was the outfit inappropriate for a flight to the tropics?
Flying from Bham to Tenerife, Thomas Cook told me that they were going to remove me from the flight if I didn’t “cover up” as I was “causing offence” and was “inappropriate”. They had 4 flight staff around me to get my luggage to take me off the plane. pic.twitter.com/r28nvSYaoY— emily rose o’connor (@emroseoconnor) March 12, 2019