An airline has apologised after a model was told to ‘cover up’ with a hi-vis vest on a plane.
Isabelle Eleanore says she was left feeling humiliated after being told the black crop top and blue jeans she was wearing were inappropriate for flying.
The Instagram and Only Fans model says she was forced to cover up while passengers watched – and says such things should not be happening in 2021.
The Mirror Online reports the incident began when a cabin crew member stopped her while boarding.
The model says a Jetstar flight attendant then suggested she wear a jumper to cover her upper body, adding: “You can’t wear a bikini.”
Isabelle says she was given a hi-vis vest to wear over the crop top and felt “embarrassed” and “degraded” as she wore it while walking down the aisle in front of other passengers.
She said her outfit was not inappropriate or revealing.
And she says she would have been treated differently if she had smaller breasts or was a man.
Low-cost airline Jetstar has since apologised and said the flight attendant misundertood the airline’s policy.
The model said the incident happened as she boarded a flight from Gold Coast to Melbourne in Australia on Monday night.
She told 9News: “She looked at the ticket and then looked up and said: ‘Oh, do you have a jumper you can wear?’ and then here’s me thinking she must be concerned I’m going to get cold on the flight – it’s going to be cold in Melbourne or something.
“She kept going and she was like: ‘Well, you can’t fly with what you’re wearing, you can’t wear a bikini’. And I’m like, ‘Look – it’s not a bikini, it’s a top’.”
Isabelle, who was travelling with her husband Jeremy Szwarcbord, said the flight attendant called over the rest of the crew to find something she could wear on top.
Yet the couple did not have a jumper or another top in their hand luggage for the two-hour domestic flight.
She says the flight attendant then gave her a hi-vis vest for Isabelle to wear until she got off in Melbourne and the model then had to walk down the aisle to her seat in front of other passengers.
Isabelle said she felt “victimised”, “degraded” and “embarrassed” while “everyone was looking” at her.
However, she says she agreed to wear the vest because she was concerned that she would be kicked off the flight if she refused.
Isabelle said she spoke to eight other Jetstar staff members before boarding and none of them said her clothing was inappropriate.
She said: “I didn’t think I’d have to deal with something like that – it’s 2021, I should be able to wear what I want to wear.”
Jeremy said his wife’s outfit was not inappropriate and nor did it violate the airline’s policy against “offensive” clothing.
The airline does not have a policy regarding crop tops.
Isabelle later wrote an Instagram post complaining about the incident and shared a photo of the outfit she was wearing.
She wrote to her 50,000 followers: “So they made a huge scene when I stepped on the plane and made me wait in front of everyone while they searched for something to cover me up with.
“Then I had to walk all the way to my seat wearing this vest . This is discrimination and humiliation, Jet Star Australia.
“Apparently my top is too small and I couldn’t fly without covering up.
“If I had small breasts I guarantee they wouldn’t have said anything.
“They forced me to put on hi-vis vest. Am I lost… is it 1921, not 2021?”
Jetstar’s website says there are “minimum dress requirements” for its flights and “offensive clothing” is banned.
The website states: “Please refrain from wearing any clothing or carrying personal items that display words, images, symbols or slogans that may reasonably be deemed offensive (e.g. a t-shirt with slurs or swear words on it).
“Where this occurs, our crew will ask you to cover up the offensive material.”
A spokesperson for Australia-based Jetstar, which is owned by Qantas, said the airline has apologised to Isabelle.
The spokesperson told the Mirror: “We’ve contacted Isabelle about her recent experience and have apologised for the way the situation was handled.
“There was a misunderstanding of what our policy was, and we have reminded our crew of our dress requirements
“While we do have basic dress requirements on our flights, for example shoes, we do not have any policy regarding crop tops.”
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