- Maggi Thorne, from Nebraska, was flying from her home state to Nashville
- She said a Southwest flight attendant on board ‘shamed’ her for her outfit
- The 42-year-old was wearing a small, black crop top and high-waisted pants
A plane passenger who was wearing a tank top and high-waisted sweat pants has claimed that she was ‘shamed’ by a Southwest flight attendant who said her outfit ‘wasn’t appropriate.’
Maggi Thorne, 42, a three-time American Ninja Warrior competitor and track star from Lincoln, Nebraska, was traveling from Omaha to Nashville, Tennessee, with a layover in Orlando, Florida, last week.
While the first leg of her journey went smoothly, soon after she boarded her second flight, she said she was approached by an airline worker who told her that her ensemble – a small black crop top and trousers – was ‘too revealing’ and that she would have to ‘cover up.’
A horrified Maggi refused to put more clothes on, and while the flight staff agreed to let her fly with her outfit, she called the incident ‘incredibly embarrassing.’
‘I was just in shock,’ she told Insider. ‘[The flight attendant] came over and asked me about my outfit and said that she thought it was too revealing and not appropriate for the airline. It was incredibly embarrassing.’
In Southwest’s contract of carriage, it states that customers wearing ‘clothes that are lewd, obscene, or patently offensive’ can be denied travel – but Maggi noted that her look did not fall into any of those categories.
She added that the airline employee approached her later to check-in with her, and that she confronted her on what had happened.
‘I told her I wasn’t OK, and I don’t think she knew what to do,’ Maggi explained. ‘I’m not a confrontational person, but what happened isn’t OK and someone should say something about it.’
The athlete also took to X – formerly known as Twitter – to reveal what had happened and her posts sparked a massive debate between social media users about whether or not the stewardess was in the wrong.
‘A @SouthestAir attendant just shamed me in front of passengers saying my attire wasn’t appropriate,’ she wrote.
‘A tank top and high waisted pants. Is this really happening in 2023? The passengers around me were stunned as she shamed me for all to hear.’
Maggi shared a snap of her outfit as well as a short clip of the alleged crew member who had spoken to her.
Her post got more than 30,000 views, and it even garnered a response from the airline, who apologized for the situation and asked her to send more information over private message.
Maggi told Insider that after speaking over DM with Southwest, she feels the airline was ‘dismissive’ of the situation – but did not share details of what was said.
She said she asked what the company was doing to ensure that something like that didn’t happen again, and that the representative ‘didn’t write back’ after that. She has now filed a formal complaint.
In a follow-up tweet, Maggi explained that she had opened up about her story in the hopes of preventing what happened to her from happening to any others.
‘I shared my experience for all who have been shamed for what they wear… a position nobody else has authority on,’ she said.
‘I believe in the goodness we each possess. To have someone publicly shame anyone on their outfit (regardless here of who) is unacceptable.’
Maggi’s story launched a fierce argument between X users, some of whom were outraged by the stewardess’ actions and others who sided with her.
Some branded the flight attendant’s comments as ‘absurd’ and ‘ridiculous,’ while someone else said she ‘was out of line.’
‘You look fine to me,’ one person wrote. Another said, ‘I don’t see anything wrong with her attire. She is covered where it needs to be.’
However, others claimed that Maggi’s top was more like a ‘sports bra’ than a shirt.
‘She is wearing a sports bra, not a tank top,’ one disgruntled user wrote. Another agreed, ‘I don’t consider a sports bra to be a tank top. Sports bras are OK for the gym but not out in public.’
‘Put some clothes on,’ someone else said. ‘It’s a plane not a gym.’
‘I wouldn’t want to sit next to a man or woman wearing a tank top (or bra, in this case),’ read a different reply.
‘Cover your pits when you have to sit close to a total stranger. That’s just basic courtesy.’
‘That isn’t airplane attire. Dress appropriately,’ another person scathed.
Last year, former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo slammed American Airlines after she claimed a staffer told her that she was dressed ‘inappropriately’ and demanded that she put a blouse over her sports bra and biker shorts while she was flying to Mexico.
She ended up putting on a hoodie, but was left furious by the interaction and shared it on her Instagram Stories.
‘I’m confused. Is this inappropriate/offensive?’ she asked, alongside a video that showcased her look.