Thought you had seen the last of dress codes when you flipped that tassel at your high school graduation? Well, you might not be out of the woods yet. As reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune, A 23 year-old woman, Kyla Ebbert (featured above), was very nearly kept from boarding a Southwest Airlines flight because her outfit (also featured above) was just too darn provocative. Here’s how Ms. Ebbert recalls her conversation with a Southwest customer service supervisor:
“I asked him what part of my outfit was offensive…The shirt? The skirt? And he said, ‘The whole thing.’”
The supervisor asked her to change (she had no extra clothes) or go home to get a new outfit and take a later flight. Ebbert, who was flying into the triple-digit temperatures of Tuscon, refused and was eventually allowed on board, but not after she underwent some stern lecturing and an embarrassing walk down the aisle.
Now, I am no fashionista, but I’m pretty sure Ms. Ebbert’s outfit isn’t challenging our notions of taste or decency or anything like that. According to Southwest, they don’t have a dress code, but they do retain the right to keep anyone from boarding a flight if they feel the passenger’s clothing is lewd or obscene.
I suppose “lewd” and “obscene” are subjective terms. I also suppose the customer service rep who hassled her has some innate fear of miniskirts…or legs…or 23 year-olds.