In January, a passenger named Lisa Archbold was escorted off a Delta Air Lines flight for wearing a T-shirt without a bra. The flight was from Salt Lake City to San Francisco. Archbold, represented by well-known attorney Gloria Allred, is now urging the airline to revise its dress code policy. Delta Air Lines apologized to Archbold after the incident, which has sparked a broader conversation about dress codes on flights.

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Delta Air Lines Faces Call for Dress Code Policy Change After Passenger Incident

Lisa Archbold boarded her Delta Air Lines flight as usual, but the situation quickly changed. A gate agent told her that her outfit, a loose white T-shirt, was "offensive" and "revealing." She was allowed back on the plane only after covering up with a button-up shirt she had around her waist.

Feeling targeted and humiliated, Archbold stated, "I wore the same clothing any man might wear. I also have a chest smaller than many men on that flight. Where does Delta draw the line," as quoted by Business Insider. This incident led her to seek legal counsel from Gloria Allred, a lawyer known for tackling high-profile women's rights cases.

Allred challenged Delta's policy in a letter to the airline's president, questioning the enforcement of dress standards that might cause "an unreasonable risk of offense or annoyance." She is seeking a meeting to find a practical solution to this policy issue.

Delta Air Lines has responded by apologizing to Archbold, acknowledging the controversy surrounding the enforcement of its dress code. This is not the first instance of airline passengers being scrutinized for their attire, indicating a larger debate over what is considered appropriate dress on flights.

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Delta Air Lines Dress Code Controversy Sparks Debate

Delta Air Lines is under scrutiny after reports surfaced of women being almost removed from flights for not wearing a bra. The airline's Contract of Carriage, updated on March 12, outlines reasons for removing passengers, including conduct or attire that offends others. Notably, the policy suggests passengers could be removed for their choice of clothing, sparking a debate about dress code standards.

Recently, a 38-year-old Archbold, held a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred, revealing she was singled out by Delta staff at Salt Lake City Airport in January for boarding a flight without a bra.

Delta's policy states removal can occur if a passenger's attire causes offense. In a report released by The Independent, Allred argues this policy is unfairly applied, noting men are not required to cover up in the same way. The incident has raised questions about gender equality and the enforcement of dress codes by airlines.

Although there are no current plans for a lawsuit, Allred seeks a meeting with Delta's president to discuss updating policies to better reflect modern values and standards, bringing up the ongoing debate around dress codes in the aviation industry.

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