Female passenger wearing halter neck stopped from boarding flight as ‘pilot doesn’t like people showing skin’

A FEMALE passenger was stopped from boarding her flight because of her outfit and told the pilot didn’t like people “showing a lot of skin”.

Catherine Bampton, 23, from Australia, was wearing a halter neck top when trying to catch a Virgin Australia flight from Adelaide.

A female passenger was stopped from boarding due to her halter neck top
A female passenger was stopped from boarding due to her halter neck top Credit: SUPPLIED

However, she was then stopped and left “publicly embarrassed” by the female staff member.

She explained: “She told me in front of everyone that the pilot was refusing for me to board the plane because of the clothes I was wearing.

“I was in so much shock and was so confused because my clothes weren’t revealing. It was so embarrassing and humiliating.”

When she asked what was wrong with her outfit, Miss Bampton claimed she was told that “the pilot doesn’t like people showing too much skin”.

She added: “I asked her if you couldn’t show your arms and back and she didn’t know what to respond.

“Everyone else waiting to board the plane was sitting there watching […] and you could see they were staring in shock with their mouths open.”

She claims the pilot said they didn't like people 'showing too much skin'
She claims the pilot said they didn’t like people ‘showing too much skin’ Credit: SUPPLIED

Catherine said she was stopped by crew in front of other passengers
Catherine said she was stopped by crew in front of other passengers Credit: SUPPLIED

She was only allowed onto the flight when she put a jacket over her top, and is now asking for an apology from the airline.

Virgin Australia’s guidelines state passengers must wear suitable clothing that covers their bottom half – such as shorts, skirts, or trousers – and a shirt, with sleeveless tops allowed.

A Virgin Australia spokesperson told Sun Online Travel: “The dress guidelines on our aircraft are similar to other airlines here in Australia and the vast majority of those who fly with us meet or exceed them. 

She was allowed on after she covered her top with her jacket
She was allowed on after she covered her top with her jacket Credit: Supplied

“As Australia’s most loved airline, it’s always been our intention that those who travel with Virgin Australia feel welcome and have a comfortable journey. 

“We are undertaking a review of the incident and have proactively tried to reach out to her to better understand what happened. We’re also reminding frontline team members of our dress code requirements for guests.”

In 2019, a woman was kicked off an easyJet flight as she was told her top was too revealing.

Here are some of the other clothing choices that will get you kicked off a flight.

Emily Cosenza for news.com.au

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