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JetBlue allegedly forces woman to change shorts

Posted at 12:38 PM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 13:38:57-04

Many people are starting to comment after a story about a woman who was forced to change her clothing before a flight went viral. 

A JetBlue passenger was on her way to board a flight to Seattle from Boston when a gate agent stopped her, says Huffington Post. The site says Maggie McMuffin was asked to change her shorts because they were too short and “could offend families.”

Eventually McMuffin, who is a burlesque dancer, was able to purchase $22 sleep trunks at a nearby store to cover up and board the flight but she says it was still upsetting.

“I felt very disrespected,” Maggie McMuffin told KIRO7 in Seattle. 

McMuffin, which according to Huffington Post is her stage name, told Q13 that she felt the move was a result of body-shaming and that “the dress code was entirely subjective.” She also went on to say that she didn’t have issues while boarding a previous flight to New York in the same outfit. 

The carrier sent a statement out after the incident saying they would reimburse McMuffin for the cost of the new shorts.

“We support our crew members’ discretion to make these difficult decisions, and we decided to reimburse the customer for the cost of the new shorts and offered a credit for future flight as a good will gesture,” JetBlue continued in the statement.

CBS in Boston has since reported that McMuffin confirmed that the airline apologized to her about the situation.