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A Woman Was Asked To Cover Up Before Her Flight Because Of The Pilot’s Misogyny

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Flying has always been a task for me. And by that I don’t mean to be talking about the superpower (because that would be awesome), but the flying experience in an airplane in general. From nausea to a ringing in my ears to even migraines, taking a flight always made me cringe. Add to that list some recent sexist shenanigans pulled by a few airlines and you will find yourself exactly where I am- in an exasperated, frustrated state of  being. We say this after the news of another woman being harassed for wearing short clothes on an airplane surfaced the internet.

Passenger named Catherine Bampton who was supposed to board the Virgin Australia flight, was stopped from doing so for reasons that have made us cringe and question the mentality of people, who jump in to morally police women on their choices of clothes at the first chance they get.

The one doing so in this case was none other than the pilot of the Virgin Australia flight, who stopped the woman from boarding the flight while wearing a perfectly fine halter neck top, by saying it was “showing a lot of skin”. Perhaps, we missed something about there being a rule for how women must dress on the plane according to the whims and fancies of the pilot..

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The entire incident left Catherine feeling embarrassed, humiliated and agitated, and we can only imagine why. After all, the woman was publicly shamed for her choice of clothes, which last we checked, needed no one’s approval other than hers. A fact that people, especially the sexist pilot, is still struggling to understand.

Talking to The Sun, Catherine shared, “She told me in front of everyone that the pilot was refusing for me to board the plane because of the clothes I was wearing. I was in so much shock and was so confused because my clothes weren’t revealing. It was so embarrassing and humiliating,” talking about the air hostess who conveyed the unsolicited message to her.

She further said, “I requested her for those who couldn’t present your arms and again and he or she didn’t know what to reply. Everyone else ready to board the aircraft was sitting there watching […] and you could possibly see they had been staring in shock with their mouths open.”

It was only after she covered her halter top with a jacket that she was allowed to board a flight. In fact, the very rules of flying with Virgin Australia requires passengers to put on appropriate clothes that cover their backside half – such as shorts, skirts, or trousers – and a shirt, with sleeveless tops allowed. Of course no such rule applies to men, who might as well turn up shirtless and would still be welcomed with opened arms.

This isn’t the first time we’re hearing about it either. Over the past couple of years many flights have gotten a lot of flak for their fashion policing and for shaming women on how they chose to dress. Last we checked, what we put on our backs was none of your business, and definitely not a deterrent in flying a plane right.

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