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Airline apologises for threatening to kick bra-less woman off flight


Lisa Archbold

Lisa claims she was almost kicked off her flight because of her outfit. (Picture: Lisa Archbold)

It’s a truth, universally acknowledged, that bras just aren’t that comfortable.

There’s nothing better than getting home after a long day and whipping your bra off, and sometimes going without one altogether is the best option especially when travelling.

So it’s understandable that you might not wear a bra on a flight. Lisa Archbold, from New Zealand, recently made this exact decision before boarding a Delta Airlines flight from Utah to San Francisco.

Lisa, a DJ and composer, skipped the bra and dressed very casually in men’s clothes for the two hour trip. However, she claims when she got on the plane staff threatened to kick her off the flight due to her ‘offensive’ and ‘revealing’ outfit.

As such, she believes she was discriminated against for ‘being queer’ and dressing like a man.

Before reaching the plane, airport staff hadn’t flagged any issues with her attire, but once boarded, Lisa says she was escorted from her seat by the Delta crew.

Delta Airines has since apologised (Picture: Getty Images)

She told the New Zealand Herald the incident was ‘not about boobs and definitely about being queer’.

Lisa continued: ‘[The staff member] essentially weaponised Delta’s policy to humiliate and abuse a woman she didn’t think was being a woman in the right way.’

The DJ eventually agreed with staff’s request that she ‘cover up’ and put on a jacket to re-board the plane.

However, after landing she submitted a complaint arguing that the airline’s dress code was ‘highly subjective’ and left passengers open to abuse depending on staff’s personal views.

Delta’s contract of carriage states that they may refuse to transport or may remove passengers from its aircraft if their ‘conduct, attire, hygiene or odour creates an unreasonable risk of offense or annoyance to other passengers’.

Lisa is now calling for their policy to be changed, as she doesn’t think it’s reasonable and balanced.

However she confirmed the airline has since apologised to her for the incident.

Metro.co.uk has contacted Delta for comment.

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This comes after a different airline caused controversy by announcing it will trial weighing passengers as well as their luggage before take-off.

Finnish airline Finnair started weighing passengers departing from Helsinki on Monday, February 5 in the hope that they will be better able to estimate the plane’s weight.

Finnair, which provides budget flights between the UK and Finland, has already weighed more than 500 volunteer customers so far.

Last August, Korean Air raised eyebrows when it announced it would bring in the controversial policy.

It began weighing passengers at Gimpo Airport on domestic routes and Incheon Airport on international flights last September.

The company, Korea’s largest airline, aimed to reduce wasted fuel and more accurately estimate the weight of the plane. 

Airlines need to work out the weight of the plane, its interior and its passengers before take-off to ensure the flight is balanced and improve safety.

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