A passenger sat right behind the Birmingham woman shamed on a Thomas Cook flight for wearing a skimpy top has contacted her to give his side of the story.
Emily O’Connor took to Twitter with claims that cabin crew threatened to kick her off a plane unless she put on a jacket.
Her post went viral and she soon found herself in the midst of a row on This Morning , with one passenger supporting the airline giant for their actions.
Today, however, the passenger sat behind Emily has contacted her to offer his support, saying that he thought the cabin crew were ‘rude’ to her.
In a Twitter message Emily has shared with BirminghamLive, Craig Baggie Bird said: “Emily hi … just seen post on fb about your trauma on that flight out to Tenerife last week.
“I was sat directly behind you with my children and my son and his gf sat next to you in front of me. If you need any back up to how rude them attendants were to you just drop me a msg back matey.”
When Emily messaged him, thanking him for his support, he continued: “Happy (to) do that for you as would my lad and his mrs who were sat next to you. There both same age as you. Came home from work, just watched your appearance (on This Morning).
“So many t*** tho commenting on the threads regards. Don’t let any a them negative comments do your head in. Your obviously a strong minded young lady and everything you said was true to the word.
“Seems its all the croaky old women or the ones who aren’t confident in there own looks who are shooting you down. As I said Emily my lad and his gf both 22 yrs old were sat next to you along with my 18yr old and 8yr old directly behind you with myself and everything you said has been on point.”
‘Attention seeking’ Thomas Cook flight outfit row passenger slammed by This Morning viewers
Trainee accountant Emily, 21 and from Solihull, boarded the 7.20am Thomas Cook flight from Birmingham Airport to Tenerife on March 2 ready for a four-day break with five of her friends.
But minutes before take-off Emily – dressed in a black crop top and high-waisted trousers from high street retailer Zara – was allegedly ordered to ‘cover up’ by the crew of the plane.
She said the incident had left her left ‘shaken and upset’ adding: “Everything was fine at the airport, I wore the same outfit through security and passport control without a problem.
“Then I was told to cover up by the greeting staff … I sat down on the plane and the flight manager and four other members of staff told me I would be removed unless I put a jacket on.
“They announced that I was offensive and inappropriate in front of the whole flight. I was physically shaking and they could see that.
“I have never felt so vulnerable or humiliated – it was horrific.
“A man also shouted “shut up you pathetic woman and put a f*****g jacket on.
“There was a man sat a couple of rows behind me on the plane in a vest and shorts and nothing was said to him.
“I felt they were being sexist and misogynistic. They sexualised and ridiculed me and it was the worst experience of my life.”
Another passenger Jason Collins, from Walsall Wood , disputed Emily’s version of events.
He told BirminghamLive: “I’d hate for anyone to get the sack for this.
“I was sat two or three rows behind the woman and I heard and saw it all.
“No-one swore at her – an elderly man asked her to sit down but there were no threats at all.
“There were six members of staff on board who all said she was inadequately dressed.
“But they were all polite and asked her nicely to put a jacket on.
“Her demeanour was out of order.”
The issue has continued to divide people on social media
SueW posted: “The airline like any business has the right to refuse. Dress as you like but when it comes to private companies they can and will set rules. Don’t like it….walk or drive.”
Jade Edwards replied: “Why wasn’t she refused at the gate then? She was allowed to get all the way to her seat without anyone from Thomas Cook pointing it out. Probably because they didn’t think their was anything wrong with her outfit.”
Doctore posted: “What constitutes indecent dressing?? Muslims have a definition, Christians another, Buddhists, Jews, southerners??? And they are all right in their own various perspectives. Thomas cook says this is inappropriate in our flight, would it be so wrong to respect that?”
Chelsssss added: “She’s spent her cash booking a holiday that she was probably looking forward to, to be singled out on the flight. Thomas Cook completely overreacted and should be embarrassed. The difference is it’s not a formal environment she was going on her holidays. No dress code applies.”
Christopher said: “How ridiculous – high handed Victorian behavior by an airline.”
What Thomas Cook has said
In a statement sent to BirminghamLive on March 13, Thomas Cook admitted they ‘could have dealt with the situation better’.
“We are sorry that we upset Ms O’Connor,” the statement read.
“It is clear we could have handled the situation better. In common with most airlines we have an appropriate clothing policy .
“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.”
Thomas Cook also shared a copy of the policy with BirminghamLive.
The policy, printed inside the in-flight magazine, reads: “Customers wearing inappropriate attire (including items with offensive slogans or images) will not be permitted to travel unless a change of clothes is possible.
“Footwear must be worn on the aircraft.”