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JetBlue Deny Burlesque Dancer Boarding Due To "Inappropriate Shorts"

Travelers Today       By    Joseph Peter Capaque

Updated: Jun 01, 2016 06:00 AM EDT

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JetBlue crew denied passenger only known by her screen name, Maggie Mcmuffin, boarding because the airline finds her clothing inappropriate.

She was asked to cover up or else, she would not be allowed to board. This was despite the fact that this was a connecting flight in Boston on May 18, and she was allowed boarding on the earlier flight in New York.

McMuffin, a burlesque dancer, was wearing a pair of very short stripy shorts, sweater, and thigh-high socks.

"The flight crew had discussed it and the pilot had decided that I needed to put something else on," McMuffin told CBS station KIRO-TV. "Or I would not be allowed to board the flight."

The grievance was also aired by Maggie's friend, Molly McIsaac, on Facebook. She showed the picture and asked her followers to make the post viral, as Maggie does not deserve the treatment. Her post now has 1,600 shares.

"Sexism is alive and well in this world. How does what Maggie was wearing effect her ability to fly?" McIsaac asked. "It doesn't."

McMuffin had to buy a new pair of shorts worth USD$22 and wear it, before she was allowed to board.

JetBlue on their part supports the crew and pilot in their decision. The involved parties, JetBlue said, discussed about the clothing, and decided that it was too short and that it might offend other passengers on the plane.

JetBlue claims that McMuffin was not denied boarding.  The crew however asked her to change to more appropriate clothes. The plane has reimbursed the cost of the new shorts and offered her a USD$162 credit.

McMuffin told MailOnline Travel she wants cash instead as she has no plans to fly with the airline again.

It is a reminder for passengers to wear appropriate clothing when flying. Avoid tight clothes and opt instead for breathable fabrics. Avoid high heels and choose a comfortable pair. Avoid strong-scented perfume and opt to wear freshly washed clothing. Avoid offensive clothing and wear something that would not offend the sensitivities of fellow passengers.

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