Woman, 21, says airline staffers threatened to remove her from flight because of 'inappropriate' crop top

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
Staff allegedly threatened to remove Emily O’Connor if she did not cover up. (Photos: Instagram/Twitter)

A woman says she was forced to cover up her “inappropriate” outfit on a flight.

Emily O’Connor, 21, from England, claimed a staffers from Thomas Cook, a travel deals company and airline, threatened to remove her from a flight she boarded from Birmingham in the United Kingdom to Tenerife, Spain.

“It was so mortifying,” she tells Yahoo UK. “I was so upset and they could clearly see that yet they continued to note how inappropriate and offensive I was. I was really close to crying.”

Many on social media expressed their anger over the situation in support of the young woman.

Others — including some who claimed to work for airlines — commented that they had seen people wearing significantly less on flights.

A spokesperson from Thomas Cook tells Yahoo UK they are “sorry” for how the situation was handled.

“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 attire policy,” the statement reads. “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.”