Maggie McMuffin (probably not her given name, but let's hope there are generations of McMuffins out there) was on the second leg on her journey from New York to Seattle when she was told at the gate of her Jet Blue flight that she needed to change clothes, Mashable reported. "I felt very disrespected," McMuffin, a burlesque dancer, told KIRO. McMuffin was wearing a sweater, booty shorts, and thigh-high socks, which she'd worn on her ride from New York to Boston earlier that day. It was the booty shorts that tripped up Jet Blue at Boston's Logan Airport.
McMuffin offered to wrap her sweater around her shorts or hang out with a blanket on her legs. Both these options were a no-go.
The pilot and crew stood firmly by their decision that either McMuffin had to get some more coverage on her legs or she wouldn't be flying home. “I was told it was the pilot's final say so these are official rules that can be broken," she said.
In the end, McMuffin, who had made it through security and had hung out at her gate for 45 minutes with no problem, splurged on some $22 shorts. As far as airport shopping goes, she could've done worse.
McMuffin, who told KIRO that she didn't mention her job to crew before or after the incident, received a nearly $200 credit.
And the company comped her for those comfy-looking shorts, as they said in their statement.
The gate and on board crew discussed the customer’s clothing and determined that the burlesque shorts may offend other families on the flight. While the customer was not denied boarding, the crew members politely asked if she could change. The customer agreed and continued on the flight without interruption.
We support our crew members’ discretion to make these difficult decisions, and we decided to reimburse the customer for the cost of the new shorts and offered a credit for future flight as a good will gesture.
Is there any possibility that the airline was simply concerned that McMuffin's bare thighs were going to be rubbing up on their dirty old seats?