I guess it’s better than being kicked off for drunken antics?
A Seattle-based burlesque dancer was told by gate agents at Boston’s Logan Airport that the length of her shorts were unacceptable, and she would therefore not be allowed to board her connecting JetBlue flight.
The passenger, who goes by Maggie McMuffin, recapped the ordeal to her local CBS station, KIRO-TV.
“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,” she explained.
McMuffin – who donned a sweatshirt, thigh-high socks and shorts – said she wasn’t questioned about her outfit on a flight out of New York before connecting in Boston.
A gate agent approached McMuffin and told her 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.
“I was told it was the pilot’s final say so these are not official rules that can be broken,” she said, adding that she had to run to another terminal to buy a $22 pair of shorts.
JetBlue issued a statement after the incident:
“The gate and on board crew discussed the customer’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. 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.”
The airline gave McMuffin a $200 credit and refund for the shorts.
Who knows? Maybe JetBlue was trying to avoid an in-flight incident involving McMuffin and an irate puritan.