A WOMAN has accused a budget airline of “slut shaming” after she was told she needed to cover up her “inappropriate” crop-top during a flight.
Shoshana Strykert, 28, said she was left feeling humiliated and embarrassed on Friday after she booked a last-minute flight with Jetstar to visit her sick mother in hospital.
“When I got onto the plane … tired and stressed out … the flight attendant told me that what I was wearing was inappropriate,” Shoshana wrote in an open letter to Jetstar on Facebook.
The 28-year-old business owner was dressed in a black cropped top, loose beige trousers and a pair of sandals.
Shoshana said the flight attendant proceeded to ask her: “Do you see any men walking around with their shirts off?”
The Jetstar attendant then told Shoshana she would have to put on a T-shirt on or she would be forced to give her a blanket “to cover up”.
‘I WAS SO EMBARRASSED AND SHOCKED’
“Everybody on the plane was looking at me I was so embarrassed and shocked,” Shoshana said.
“A woman sitting behind me, felt sorry for me so she offered me her jacket.”
Shoshana reported the incident to Jetstar the next day but said their response made matters worse.
In a letter written to Shoshana, Jetstar offered the 28-year-old an AU $50 (£28) voucher to help “restore her faith” in the airline.
“You have every right to expect polite, friendly and professional service, whenever you fly with us and I apologise if this was not your experience,” a Jetstar customer care spokesman said.
‘DISGUSTED’ AT APOLOGY VOUCHER
The letter and voucher didn’t sit well with Shoshana, who blasted the company’s response on Facebook.
“Thank you Jetstar, for slut shaming me and then offering me this in return. I’m so disgusted,” she wrote.
“My outfit was beyond casual … There’s really no excuse for what she did.”
Jetstar called Shoshana after her letter attracted attention on social media.
“We’ve called Ms Strykert to better understand the situation and apologise if she felt that she was treated unfairly by our staff,” a Jetstar spokesman told news.com.au.
“We are investigating what happened to find out if the situation could have been handled differently and have passed Ms Strykert’s feedback to our teams.
“We’re sorry that this interaction spoiled Ms Strykert’s journey and have provided a travel voucher as gesture of good will.”
This isn’t the first time Jetstar has found itself in hot water for reportedly commenting on women’s outfits.
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In August, Gold Coast fitness blogger Ashy Bines also took to social media to lash one of the airline’s flight attendants for reportedly calling her outfit “inappropriate”.
Ashy was wearing active wear when the Jetstar attendant told her she wasn’t dressed well enough for business class.