‘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”,’ she said.
|Emily said the experience left her feeling vulnerable (Picture: Emily O’Connor)|
I felt so vulnerable.’ She said she didn’t want to put a jacket on because of the principle, saying there was nothing wrong with what she was wearing and she didn’t want to be intimidated.
‘They asked which luggage was mine to take me off the flight,’ Emily added, saying the flight manager and security surrounded her as 300 passengers watched.
|She wore the same top to fly home without issue (Picture: Emily O’Connor)|
She said she then faced verbal abuse from a man on board, describing the situation as ‘the worst experience of my life.’ Emily continued: ‘I asked the plane (as they were all listening now anyway) if I was offending anyone, no-one said a word.
‘The manager then went to get my bag to remove me from the flight. ‘A man then shouted “Shut up you pathetic woman.
|Her cousins also wore crop tops for their flight home (Picture: Emily O’Conor)|
|The airline says people dressed ‘inappropriately’ will not be permitted to travel (Picture: Thomas Cook)|
I was physically shaking, and they could see that, yet they continued to sexualise and ridicule me. It was the worst experience of my life.’
Emily, who was travelling on March 2 on holiday with five cousins but sitting separately to them, created a poll to ask if there was anything offensive in her outfit.
82 per cent of people voted no. She said she made the decision to go public after saying Thomas Cook were too slow to apologise when she spoke to them privately on March 2.
|Emily with her cousins in Tenerife (Picture: Emily O’Connor)|
Another man added: ‘I read the thread before I looked at the picture and I was expecting some booty shorts and a bikini bra or something like that, lmao what’s wrong with this? They were totally out of their way.’
A Thomas Cook spokesperson said: ‘We are sorry that we upset Ms O’Connor. ‘It’s clear we could have handled the situation better.
In common with most airlines we have an appropriate clothing policy. ‘This applies equally to men and women of all ages without discrimination.
‘Our crews have the difficult task of implementing that policy and don’t always get it right.’