Woman claims she was kicked off of flight for 'inappropriate' outfit

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Ray Lin Howard has gone viral on TikTok after she was allegedly escorted off of an Alaska Airlines flight for wearing an
Ray Lin Howard has gone viral on TikTok after she was allegedly escorted off of an Alaska Airlines flight for wearing an "inappropriate" outfit. (Image via TikTok/FatTrophyWife)

A musician has gone viral on TikTok after she was allegedly escorted off an Alaska Airlines flight for wearing an "inappropriate" outfit.

In a video that has been viewed more than 1.3 million times, Ray Lin Howard claims she was "harassed" by a flight attendant before being removed from her flight by police.

The video includes footage of Howard being escorted by police, and includes her off-camera conversation with a male police officer.

Howard, who was dressed in bike shorts and a crop T-shirt, admitted that she initially removed her shirt once she was seated and sat wearing her sports bra. According to Howard, she complied with a flight attendant's request to put her T-shirt back on, however airline staff allegedly continued to take issue with her outfit for revealing her stomach.

Howard told the police officer that after going back and forth with flight attendants, she told the airline staff, "If you’re going to kick me off, then kick me off. I’ve done what you’ve asked me to do."

While the officer in the video assured her that she was not in any criminal trouble, he cited the airline's dress code policy as the reason Howard was removed from her flight. 

According to Alaska Airlines, their dress code is "casual, and the requirement is simply a neat and well-groomed appearance. Clothing that is soiled or tattered and bare feet are never acceptable. You are expected to use good judgment, but customer service agents will have the final authority to refuse travel for inappropriate attire or appearance."

Howard's initial video was met with supportive comments from viewers who interpreted the airline's actions as an example of fatphobia and size discrimination. Some viewers claimed Howard wouldn't have been asked to leave the flight had she hadn't been plus-size. 

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"If a size two wears the same thing, not one person bats an eye," one TikTok user commented. 

"It's because you're plus-sized," added another. "This is not OK!"

"This is insane," someone else wrote. "Yet people swear there's no such thing as discrimination against plus-sized people."

"I have worn a crop top to fly many times with no issues," another shared, tagging the airline. "Care to explain the blatant size discrimination here?"

Howard shared an additional video to TikTok to give her followers an update on the situation. According to Howard, a representative from the airline contacted her and offered a full refund for the seats she purchased from her missed flight in addition to a discount code for future flights. 

"We're committed to finding out what happened and taking the appropriate actions," the airline said in a statement to Insider. "It's our goal to provide caring service to all of our guests. When we don't live up to that goal, we do everything we can to make it right."

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