A JetBlue passenger is accusing the airline of body-shaming and slut-shaming after she says she was told her shorts were too small for the skies. A burlesque dancer who goes by the stage name Maggie McMuffin, Washington, was informed that she would need to change her clothing if she wanted to board a flight from Boston to Seattle because her shorts were considered “too short” by the flight crew. The crew felt that the shorts may be considered unsuitable by families on the flight and should be changed as not to offend anyone.
Maggie McMuffin, a Burlesque performer in Seattle, says she was told she “needed to put something else on or I would not be allowed to board the flight. I was told it was the pilot’s final say so these are not official rules that can be broken,” McMuffin told KIRO7 in Seattle. “I felt very disrespected.”
The Daily Mail reports that Maggie McMuffin says that she had successfully flown on a JetBlue flight from New York To Boston without incident in the same pair of “too short” black and white shorts earlier in the day. However, when she approached the gate to fly her second leg of her flight back home to Seattle, she was informed the shorts were not appropriate and that she needed to cover up more, as there were families on the flight that may find the attire inappropriate.
The Maggie McMuffin tells KIRO 7 that she didn’t mention the fact that she’s a burlesque dancer before or after the confrontation. She says she wants the pilot to apologize, for the airline to have a clear dress code for airline passengers, and offer cash or a larger flight credit.
Jetblue says it supports the crew’s decision reimbursed Maggie McMuffin for the cost of her new clothes and $162 in future flight credits. Maggie McMuffin says she’d much rather have an apology and a more clear airline policy regarding passenger dress code. McMuffin says she flew on the first leg of her journey from New York to Boston without any problems.