'The worst experience of my life' - Woman left 'shaking' after being told to cover up on flight
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'The worst experience of my life' - Woman left 'shaking' after being told to cover up on flight

A WOMAN has described how she was asked to cover up by flight staff before boarding a Thomas Cook flight because her outfit was “causing offence”.

Emily O’Connor was left 'shaking and upset' after staff threatened to remove her from a Birmingham flight to Tenerife because of her “inappropriate” outfit.

The 21-year-old, who was wearing high-waisted trousers and a crop top, was surrounded by the flight manager and four staff on the flight.

“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”,” O’Connor said on Twitter.

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“They announced that I was offensive and inappropriate in front of the whole flight.

“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.”

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O’Connor had already gone through security and passport control when she was approached by a member of staff on the flight.

She even asked everyone else on the flight “if I was offending anyone” and “no-one said a word.”

However, when the manager went to get her bag, a man reportedly shouted shouted “Shut up you pathetic woman. Put a f*cking jacket on” and, according to O’Connor, “the staff said nothing to him”.

“I was given a jacket by my cousin sitting at the front of the plane and they did not leave until I physically put it on,” she said.

“They made comments over the speaker about the situation and left me shaking and upset on my own.”

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O’Connor has garnered plenty of support online after publicising her experience.
Thomas Cook has also issued an apology, saying they “could have handled the situation better”.

"It's clear we could have handled the situation better. In common with most airlines, we have an appropriate clothing policy.

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“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."