Rowe said that the airline has tried to get in touch with her repeatedly, but she only wants to discuss the incident in writing, via email.
Eager to 'diffuse' the situation, Tisha told Today Style asking the attendant if she could wrap a blanket around her instead, to which the flight attendant responded, saying: 'Yeah, because that's the only way you're getting on here.' .
She said she was told if she didn't comply, she and her son would not be allowed to fly. "I said, 'No, I do not.' I've been given no explanation as to why I was taken off the plane". But she took to twitter in a new viral post and showed the outfit that was at issue.
A woman who said she was told by airline staff to cover her "assets" while she was on a flight back from holiday has received an apology. Social media users quickly agreed that there was nothing wrong with it, especially given that she was on a hot summer vacation. However, there is no clear example of what kind of clothing would be deemed offensive. Moreover, it seems enforcement of the airline's policies is a matter left to the discretion of flight attendants, which leaves a lot of room for bias.More news: Starbucks Tie-Dyed a Frappuccino for Summer
When will people and corporations get exhausted of policing women's bodies - especially Black women's bodies? "So I've had to deal with those stereotypes my whole life".
Rowe said she was "humiliated" by the ordeal and went back to her seat with her head down, trying her best to avoid making eye contact with other passengers. Rowe was wearing a romper, which she tweeted was "island attire", and added in her tweets that she has seen white women board planes with much shorter shorts without being asked to cover up. "I guess if it's a "nice ass" vs a @Serena Booty it's okay..."
"We were concerned about Dr. Rowe's comments, and reached out to her and our team at the Kingston airport to gather more information about what occurred", said American Airlines spokesperson Shannon Gilson.
Tisha Rowe, who practices family medicine in Houston, had already boarded her flight in Kingston, Jamaica, with her 8-year-old son Chase. "We are proud to serve customers of all backgrounds", the statement continues.
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However, Rowe said there was nothing inappropriate about what she was wearing and that she even double-checked herself in a bathroom mirror right before boarding. She said she walked up and met another flight attendant, who directed her off the plane to the jetway.
American Airlines has always been under fire for racial discrimination.
In 2017, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) warned African-Americans they could face "disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions" with American Airlines, according to The New York Times.
After Rowe told the flight attendant she didn't have a jacket, she said the flight attendant explained that the flight crew found her outfit inappropriate, and that she wouldn't be allowed back on the plane unless she changed or covered up.More news: Volkswagen’s last Beetle to leave the factory this week