American Airlines has apologized to a woman who says she was humiliated after being informed that she could not fly if she did not cover her romper.
Latisha "Tisha" Rowe said that she and her son were taking a flight from Kingston (Jamaica) to Miami (Florida) on June 30 when an airline employee asked them to get off the bus. plane to speak, said his lawyer, Geoffrey Berg, to CNN.
Rowe was told that she would not be allowed to fly if she did not cover herself, added Berg. Her thighs and arms were exposed in the strapless romper.
Rowe said the employee had asked her if she had a jacket and had ended up giving her a blanket to wrap around her, Berg said.
Rowe tweeted about her experience and shared a photo of the outfit she was wearing.
"This is what I wore when @AmericanAir asked me to come down for a conference. When did I ask to "cover". In defending my outfit, I was threatened not to take back the plane unless walking in the driveway, wrapped in a blanket. #notsofriendlyskies, "she wrote.
"My shorts covered everything but apparently was too distracting to get into the plane," she said in a separate tweet.
Rowe, who identifies as black, said black women face double standards.
"We are watched for being black. As women, our bodies are too sexualized and we have to adapt to make everyone feel comfortable. I saw white women with much shorter shorts who got on a plane without the slightest hesitation. I guess if it's "a nice ass" against a @Serena Booty it's fine … ", she tweeted.
Shannon Gilson, spokesperson for American Airlines, said the company was investigating.
"We were concerned about Ms. Rowe's comments and we contacted her and our team at Kingston Airport to gather more information about what had happened. We apologize to Dr. Rowe and his son for their experience and have fully reimbursed their trip. We are proud to serve customers from all walks of life and we are committed to providing a positive and safe travel experience for anyone flying with us, "Gilson said in a statement.
Rowe, a Houston family doctor, said that his 8-year-old son had been "devastated" by the incident and had taken the blanket once they were sitting and had covered his face. Said Berg. He was in tears when she checked him, said Berg.
According to Berg, American Airlines "had the opportunity to do what is required", including taking steps to "ensure that people are not treated in this way, especially women of color". He added that Rowe was considering filing a lawsuit against the airline.
Rowe also tweeted a picture of herself in her white coat and stethoscope with the caption: "Even someone who would have saved you (butt) was there an emergency in the plane. "
Gilson told CNN that the airline was considering hiring an Inclusion and Diversity Officer, but did not say whether this was related to this recent incident.
American Airlines has ordered all its employees to take anti-racist training after the NAACP issued a travel advisory in October 2017, warning African-American travelers that the airline "may impose disrespectful, discriminatory or dangerous conditions."
The NAACP lifted the warning last July, citing the progress made by American Airlines.