An airline apologized after a model was told to “cover up” with a safety vest on an airplane.
Isabelle Eleanore says she felt humiliated after being told the black crop top and blue jeans she was wearing were not suitable for flying.
The Instagram and Only Fans model says she was forced to hide while passengers watched – and that things like this shouldn’t happen in 2021.
The Mirror online reports The incident started when a cabin crew stopped her as she boarded.
The model says a Jetstar flight attendant then suggested wearing a sweater to cover her torso, adding, “You can’t wear a bikini.”
Isabelle says she was given a reflective vest over the crop top and felt “embarrassed” and “humiliated” wearing it while walking down the aisle in front of other passengers.
She said her outfit wasn’t inappropriate or revealing.
And she says she would have been treated differently if she had smaller breasts or was a man.
Budget airline Jetstar has since apologized, stating that the flight attendant misunderstood the airline’s policies.
The model said the incident happened when she boarded a flight from Gold Coast to Melbourne, Australia, Monday night.
she said 9News: “She looked at the ticket and then looked up and said, ‘Oh, do you have a sweater that you can wear?’ and then I think she must be worried that I will get cold on the flight – it will be cold in Melbourne or something.
“She went on and said, ‘Well, you can’t fly with what you’re wearing, you can’t wear a bikini’. And I said, ‘Look – it’s not a bikini, it’s a top’.”
Isabelle, who was out with her husband Jeremy Szwarcbord, said the flight attendant called the rest of the crew to find something to carry upstairs.
For the two-hour domestic flight, however, the couple had neither a sweater nor any other top in their hand luggage.
She says the flight attendant gave her a safety vest that Isabelle could 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 “bullied,” “humiliated,” and “embarrassed” while “everyone was looking at her”.
However, she said she agreed to wear the vest because she was concerned that if she refused, it would be thrown off the flight.
Isabelle said she spoke to eight other Jetstar employees before boarding, and none of them said their clothing was inappropriate.
She said, “I didn’t think I’d have to deal with anything like this – it’s 2021, I should be able to wear what I want to wear.”
Jeremy said his wife’s outfit was not inappropriate or in violation of the airline’s policy on “offensive” clothing.
The airline has no guidelines 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 got on the plane and made me wait in front of everyone while they looked for something to cover me up with.
“Then I had to walk all the way to my seat in that vest. That’s discrimination and humiliation, Jet Star Australia.
“Apparently my top is too small and I couldn’t fly without covering it up.
“If I had small breasts, they definitely wouldn’t have said anything.
“You forced me to put on a safety vest. Am I lost … is it 1921, not 2021?”
The Jetstar website states that its flights have “minimum clothing requirements” and that “offensive clothing” is prohibited.
The website states, “Please do not wear clothing or personal items that contain words, images, symbols, or slogans that could reasonably be considered offensive (such as a T-shirt with bows or swear words).
“Where this happens, our crew will ask you to cover up the offensive material.”
A spokesman for Australia-based Jetstar, owned by Qantas, said the airline had apologized to Isabelle.
The spokeswoman told Spiegel: “We contacted Isabelle about her recent experience and apologized for the way in which the situation was handled.
“There was a misunderstanding about what our policy was and we reminded our crew of our dress requirements
“While we have basic clothing requirements, such as shoes, on our flights, we don’t have a crop-top policy.”