Woman claims she was 'harassed' by American Airlines staff, told to remove 'f**k you' sweatpants 

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A South Korean DJ has claimed that she was ‘harassed’ and ‘humiliated’ by American Airlines staff – who allegedly forced her to get undressed and stand ‘half-naked’ in front of the crew and passengers, after telling her that she had to remove her pants because they were ‘offensive.’

DJ Soda, 36, whose real name is Hwang So-hee, boarded her flight from New York to Los Angeles on Tuesday, but before it took off, she was allegedly approached by a flight attendant who told her that she had to leave the plane immediately.

The musician claimed she was then told that her sweatpants – which had the word ‘f**k’ written all over them – were ‘inappropriate.’  

DJ Soda was left horrified when an airline employee then allegedly forced her to get undressed in the middle of the airport, in front of other passengers and staff members.

She claimed that she offered to go into the bathroom and change, but wasn’t allowed, and instead, had to ‘stand half-naked’ by the gate while they continued to make ‘sarcastic comments’ about her.

A South Korean DJ has claimed that she was'harassed' and'humiliated' by American Airlines staff - who allegedly forced her to get undressed and stand'half-naked' in front of the crew

A South Korean DJ has claimed that she was ‘harassed’ and ‘humiliated’ by American Airlines staff – who allegedly forced her to get undressed and stand ‘half-naked’ in front of the crew

DJ Soda, 36, whose real name is Hwang So-hee, claimed she was told by staff that her pants - which had the word'f**k' written all over them - were'inappropriate' and'offensive'

DJ Soda, 36, whose real name is Hwang So-hee, claimed she was told by staff that her pants – which had the word ‘f**k’ written all over them – were ‘inappropriate’ and ‘offensive’

DJ Soda was left horrified when an airline employee then allegedly forced her to get undressed right there in the middle of the airport, in front of other passengers and staff members

DJ Soda was left horrified when an airline employee then allegedly forced her to get undressed right there in the middle of the airport, in front of other passengers and staff members

DJ Soda was left horrified when an airline employee then allegedly forced her to get undressed right there in the middle of the airport, in front of other passengers and staff members

Eventually, she was let back onto the plane, where she put her pants on inside out for the remainder of the flight – but she said the whole experience left her ‘mortified’ and ‘trembling in fear.’

She claimed that she offered to go into the bathroom and change, but wasn't allowed, and instead, had to'stand half-naked' by the gate while they continued to make'sarcastic comments' about her

She claimed that she offered to go into the bathroom and change, but wasn’t allowed, and instead, had to ‘stand half-naked’ by the gate while they continued to make ‘sarcastic comments’ about her

The DJ shared her experience on Twitter where it quickly went viral, leaving many people on the internet stunned by the airline’s alleged actions.

‘I got kicked off from @AmericanAir flight and they harassed me to take off my sponsored @RIPNDIP ‘F**K YOU’ sweatpants in front of people to board again,’ DJ Soda wrote on Twitter, alongside a video that showed her talking to one of the staff members by the gate. 

She continued: ‘Yesterday coming back from JFK to LAX with American Airlines, I was harassed and humiliated. 

‘I was forced out of the plane and was harassed to take off my pants in front of the flight crews at the gate.’

The South Korea-based artist said she ‘never had an issue’ with the pants before, during her ‘many months of touring in North America.’

‘They did not have any problem with me wearing it at the time of check-in nor when I sat down at my seat,’ she continued.

On Twitter, DJ Soda alleged that she ‘pleaded’ with the airline employees to let her change her pants in the bathroom and stay on the flight, but was ‘ignored’ by the staff.

The DJ shared her experience on Twitter where it quickly went viral, leaving many people on the internet stunned by the airline's alleged actions

The DJ shared her experience on Twitter where it quickly went viral, leaving many people on the internet stunned by the airline’s alleged actions

The South-Korean based artist said she'never had an issue' with the pants before, during her'many months of touring in North America'

The South-Korean based artist said she ‘never had an issue’ with the pants before, during her ‘many months of touring in North America’

Called the'F**k You Sweatpants' on RIPNDIP's website , the pants in question sell for $80 and have the words,'F**k you f**kin' f**k,' written all over them

Called the ‘F**k You Sweatpants’ on RIPNDIP’s website , the pants in question sell for $80 and have the words, ‘F**k you f**kin’ f**k,’ written all over them

‘A staff suddenly approached me to pack up my belongings and leave the plane without any kind of explanation,’ she said.

‘As I was escorted off the plane, they claimed that my sweatpants were “inappropriate” and “offensive” telling me that I need to take the next flight.

‘I had an important meeting set up in LA on that day, so I could not afford to get off this flight. 

Eventually, she was let back onto the plane, where she put her pants on inside out for the remainder of the flight - but she said the whole experience left her'mortified' and'trembling in fear'

Eventually, she was let back onto the plane, where she put her pants on inside out for the remainder of the flight – but she said the whole experience left her ‘mortified’ and ‘trembling in fear’

‘I pleaded to stay on the flight but was ignored by the staff and the flight attendants. I even offered to get changed but the request was denied. What happened next was horrendous.

‘With my broken fingers, I hardly ended up taking off my pants in front of the whole crew and standing half-naked while they still refused to board me on the flight.

‘They even sarcastically commented that I could have taken off my pants earlier. 

‘When they finally let me enter, I put my pants inside out and finally sat down after an hour of delay causing inconvenience to the members of the flights on board. 

‘I was mortified and trembling in fear for the next six hours on my flight back to LA. In my eight years of touring, I have never experienced or been treated unfairly, especially in a country that is known for its freedom of speech and individuality.’

She concluded that she will no longer be flying with American Airlines in the future.

‘From now on, I will be boycotting @AmericanAir and hope this NEVER happens to anyone ever again,’ DJ Soda wrote.

Called the ‘F**k You Sweatpants’ on RIPNDIP’s website, the pants in question sell for $80 and have the words, ‘F**k you f**kin’ f**k,’ written all over them.

American Airlines said in a statement to DailyMail.com, ‘American Airlines policies prohibit offensive clothing.

‘During the boarding process for American Airlines Flight 306 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), our team members informed Ms. So-hee of our policies and provided her the opportunity to change out of clothing displaying explicit language.

‘The customer complied with requests and was allowed to continue travel, as planned, to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).’

DJ Soda concluded that she will no longer be flying with American Airlines in the future. She wrote:'From now on, I will be boycotting @AmericanAir'

DJ Soda concluded that she will no longer be flying with American Airlines in the future. She wrote: ‘From now on, I will be boycotting @AmericanAir’

While some were on her side and completely slammed American Airlines for the way it seemingly handled the situation, others pointed out that her pants were indeed derogatory

While some were on her side and completely slammed American Airlines for the way it seemingly handled the situation, others pointed out that her pants were indeed derogatory

On American Airlines’ Conditions of Carriage, the airline offers very limited guidance about what outfits are deemed suitable for travel, stating simply that passengers must ‘dress appropriately,’ but it does not give anymore details on what is considered ‘appropriate.’

‘Bare feet or offensive clothing aren’t allowed,’ it adds.

The company told us, ‘American’s policies are intended to create a welcoming, safe environment for all customers.

‘Our records indicate that Ms. So-hee was not denied boarding and completed travel, as planned.

‘American strives to ensure customers are treated with dignity and respect throughout their journey. 

‘Our Customer Relations team has reached out to Ms. So-hee to learn more about her recent travel experience.’

DJ Soda’s story got thousands of retweets and hundreds of replies, and it sparked a major debate between Twitter users.

While some were on her side and completely slammed American Airlines for the way it seemingly handled the situation, others pointed out that her pants were indeed derogatory. 

‘That’s what you get for dressing inappropriately on an airliner, you’re on their plane, their rules,’ wrote one person.

‘You can fly with Delta, United, Southwest or even pulling TWA [airlines] back from the grave and they would still kick you out.’

‘Maybe other airlines didn’t previously notice; but it is common knowledge that most major airlines have dress policies that prohibit profanity and vulgarity on their flights,’ added another.

‘They have every right to protect their customers’ values. Sorry. No sympathy here.’

‘Well it’s offensive. Did you learn a lesson?’ asked someone else. ‘Don’t wear offensive clothing on a plane. Rules are rules.’

A different user said: ‘Unfortunately, yes, airlines have dress codes and generally most don’t allow really vulgar words, images, or etc. on clothing. 

Back in January, American Airlines came under fire after former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo revealed that she was told her traveling outfit was also'inappropriate' by an employee

Back in January, American Airlines came under fire after former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo revealed that she was told her traveling outfit was also ‘inappropriate’ by an employee

She said staff demanded that she put something over her crop top and biker shorts, or risk being banned from her flight to Mexico

She said staff demanded that she put something over her crop top and biker shorts, or risk being banned from her flight to Mexico

She said staff demanded that she put something over her crop top and biker shorts, or risk being banned from her flight to Mexico 

‘Just because you went on other airlines safely in these pants doesn’t mean you were supposed to. However making you remove them like that wasn’t OK at all.’

‘Can’t believe how many people are missing the point here,’ read a fifth tweet. ‘Yes she did wear offensive clothes but offered to change them in the bathroom when she was told that it was prohibited. How AA dealt with the problem was downright offensive.’

Someone else agreed: ‘I think many people miss the point here. The problem is the fact that she had to get naked in front of them even after she offered to go to the bathroom and change.’ 

‘Sorry to hear that,’ wrote another supporter. ‘They could have just nicely provided you a blanket to cover your pants.

‘I’ve seen people in planes with more extreme texts on shirts and hats.’ 

Back in January, American Airlines came under fire after former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo revealed that she was told her traveling outfit was also ‘inappropriate’ by staff.

She said an airline employee demanded that she put something over her crop top and biker shorts, or risk being banned from her flight to Mexico. 

The model then covered her outfit up with a large hoodie that she borrowed from her NFL player beau Christian McCaffrey

The model then covered her outfit up with a large hoodie that she borrowed from her NFL player beau Christian McCaffrey

The model then covered her outfit up with a large hoodie that she borrowed from her NFL player beau Christian McCaffrey 

The 29-year-old shared details of the altercation to her Instagram Stories. She reposted a video originally shared by her sister Aurora which showed off her athleisure look – consisting of a black sports bra, black biker shorts, and a long black cardigan.

In it, Aurora said, ‘Olivia and I are going to Cabo. Look at her outfit… She looks cute, she looks appropriate, no?

‘They call her up to the desk and tell her that she needs to put a blouse on otherwise she can’t get on the plane.

‘Tell me, is that not so f**ked up? American Airlines, I love you so much, [but] please get me to Cabo.’

Culpo questioned how her outfit could have been deemed ‘offensive,’ adding: ‘Oh no I’m confused lol. Is this inappropriate/offensive?’ 

The model then covered her outfit up with a large hoodie that she borrowed from her NFL player beau Christian McCaffrey.

All major US airlines have a dress code that passengers are required to adhere to in order to be allowed to board their plane.

However, experts note that these rules are often ‘vague’ and left up to the discretion of airline employees. 

Adam Anolik, who specializes in travel law, previously told The Washington Post: ‘Different airlines have their own policies regarding dress, but they are often vague and leave an exorbitant amount of discretion to the airline employees.’

Both Southwest and JetBlue deny passengers dressed in ‘lewd, obscene, or patently offensive’ garments, while Delta says travelers in attire that ‘creates an unreasonable risk of offense or annoyance to other passengers’ will not be allowed to fly.

Airline passengers who have been banned over their ‘inappropriate’ outfits… 

All major US airlines have a dress code that passengers are required to adhere to in order to be allowed to board their plane. However, experts note that these rules are often ‘vague’ and left up to the discretion of airline employees. 

Adam Anolik, who specializes in travel law, previously told The Washington Post: ‘Different airlines have their own policies regarding dress, but they are often vague and leave an exorbitant amount of discretion to the airline employees.’    

On its website, American Airlines offers very limited guidance about what outfits are deemed appropriate for travel, saying simply in its ‘conditions of carriage’ that passengers must ‘dress appropriately’, adding that ‘bare feet or offensive clothing aren’t allowed’. 

Both Southwest and JetBlue deny passengers dressed in ‘lewd, obscene, or patently offensive’ garments, while Delta says travelers will deny those in attire that ‘creates an unreasonable risk of offense or annoyance to other passengers’.

In the past year alone, several travelers have fallen foul of these ‘vague’ regulations, with many taking to social media in order to blast their respective airlines for branding their outfits ‘offensive’ or ‘inappropriate’. 

In July 2021, Turkish bodybuilder Deniz Saypinar, 26, claimed that she was banned from an American Airlines flight because staff found her sports bra and denim short ensemble too inappropriate

In July 2021, Turkish bodybuilder Deniz Saypinar, 26, claimed that she was banned from an American Airlines flight because staff found her sports bra and denim short ensemble too inappropriate 

In July last year, a Turkish bodybuilder and fitness model living in the US revealed that she was stopped from boarding an American Airlines plane in Texas, claiming that staff had told her she was too skimpily dressed.

Influencer Deniz Saypinar, 26, who moved to the US to avoid the conservative surroundings in her homeland, claimed she was banned from boarding her flight to Miami because the authorities found her outfit inappropriate.

The bodybuilder got stuck at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas after American Airlines flight attendants deemed her fashion sense unfitting.

Outraged, Saypinar took to social media to share her ordeal with her one million Instagram followers and said: ‘You will never believe what happened to me at Texas Airport.’

In a teary Instagram story, Saypinar criticized the staff and claimed they called her ‘naked’ while displaying the outfit that caused staff to choose not to allow her onto the flight.

The fitness model explained how she was told by flight attendants that her style ‘disturbed other families’ at the airport.

American Airlines is not the only company to come under fire from passengers over its dress code however. 

In October 2020, a Playboy model and mother-of-one accused Southwest of ‘discrimination’ after she was kicked off a plane with her seven-year-old son because of her revealing outfit. 

Eve J Marie, 26, was flying from Dallas, Texas, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, alongside her seven-year-old son on October 29, when the flight attendants asked her to step off the plane. 

In October 2020, a Playboy model and mom-of-one accused Southwest of'discrimination' after she was kicked off a plane because of her revealing outfit

In October 2020, a Playboy model and mom-of-one accused Southwest of ‘discrimination’ after she was kicked off a plane because of her revealing outfit

Eve J Marie, 26, was flying from Dallas, Texas, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, alongside her seven-year-old son on October 29, when the flight attendants asked her to step off the plane

Eve J Marie, 26, was flying from Dallas, Texas, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, alongside her seven-year-old son on October 29, when the flight attendants asked her to step off the plane

Eve J Marie, 26, was flying from Dallas, Texas, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, alongside her seven-year-old son on October 29, when the flight attendants asked her to step off the plane

The Instagram influencer and Playboy model was wearing a low-cut leopard print outfit that showed off her ample cleavage, which the crew claimed was against the dress code policy.

Eve documented her experience on Instagram, sharing a clip of herself at the airport preparing to board her flight, before posting a follow-up video in which she hit out at the airline for what she says was ‘discriminatory’ treatment. 

‘When they threatened to remove me off the plane if I didn’t have a change of clothes,’ Eve said of the incident. ‘I felt completely humiliated, embarrassed and highly offended.

‘I’m an A list member for [Southwest Airlines] and have a credit card with the airline and I have perks that allow any person travelling with me to fly free because of my high status with the airline.

‘So even as being a loyal customer with them, I felt like the other women on the plane were judging me based on my attire and they were saying my breasts are too large. Well, that’s something I can’t help.’  

In January 2020, another plane passenger accused United Airlines staff of ‘humiliating and harassing’ her after she was nearly banned from a flight because of her low-cut shirt. 

Andrea Worldwide was boarding a flight from Denver, Colorado to Newark, New Jersey on January 13 when a male employee stopped her from getting on the plane, she shared on Facebook.

In January 2020, a woman said she was'humiliated' when United Airlines staff nearly banned her from a flight, claiming that her clothes were inappropriate

In January 2020, a woman said she was ‘humiliated’ when United Airlines staff nearly banned her from a flight, claiming that her clothes were inappropriate

Andrea Worldwide was boarding a flight from Denver to Newark on January 13 when a male employee stopped her from getting on the plane because of her low-cut shirt

Andrea Worldwide was boarding a flight from Denver to Newark on January 13 when a male employee stopped her from getting on the plane because of her low-cut shirt

She was eventually told that her shirt was too low-cut — and only after that humiliation did employees change their minds and let her on the plane. 

‘I am a professional woman, who employs hundreds of other young professional women, which is why I have decided to take a stand and speak out about the unacceptable behavior of United Airlines staff,’ Andrea wrote on Facebook, while sharing photos of her outfit. 

‘I didn’t want to post this, but given the lack of attention to this issue by United, I am given no other choice. ‘

Andrea went on to reveal to the CBS Denver affiliate that she regularly travels to see her long-distance boyfriend in Puerto Rico and has even earned special member status for how many miles she’s clocked with the airline.

She usually dresses the same way, and for this flight wore a black top with a low-cut neckline, which showed a bit of her bralette underneath.

Over that, Andrea was also wearing a cardigan and a scarf, which easily could have been adjusted to cover her chest.

‘For those wondering what ELSE I had on-as friends and family members I contacted did ask me right away-I was also wearing an oversized scarf, a knee-length cardigan, leggings and sneakers,’ she explained on social media.

But as she was trying to board the plane, an employee had her step aside.

‘Last week I was denied boarding onto my flight out of Denver by a male United gate agent,’ she wrote. ‘At first I thought it was because I had a ripped ticket, but I later learned that it was because of what I was wearing.’  

In September 2021, Ray Lin Howard, 33, from Fairbanks, Alaska, accused Alaska Airlines flight attendants of harassing her after she was removed from a flight because she was wearing a crop top

In September 2021, Ray Lin Howard, 33, from Fairbanks, Alaska, accused Alaska Airlines flight attendants of harassing her after she was removed from a flight because she was wearing a crop top

The plus-size rapper and stylist claimed she was told her crop top was'inappropriate' because it showed her stomach

The plus-size rapper and stylist claimed she was told her crop top was'inappropriate' because it showed her stomach

The plus-size rapper and stylist claimed she was told her crop top was ‘inappropriate’ because it showed her stomach

Alaska Airlines has also been called out in the past for its dress code policy, with passenger Ray Lin Howard, 33, slamming the airline’s staff in September 2021, after she was kicked off a flight for wearing a crop top. 

Howard, 33, from Fairbanks, Alaska, recorded herself being interviewed by police officers after allegedly being escorted off of an Alaska Airlines flight. On Saturday, she shared the footage on her TikTok account.

In the video, the plus-size rapper and stylist accused Alaska Airlines flight attendants of repeatedly harassing her about her ‘inappropriate’ outfit, which consisted of a crop top and shorts. 

Ray explained that she was wearing a sports bra when she was asked by a flight attendant to put on her shirt, which she did.

‘Then they approached me again, saying I can’t wear this, my stomach is showing, and it’s inappropriate,’ she added.

Cops were called after Ray was approached for the third time and told the airline crew: ‘If you’re going to kick me off, kick me off. I’ve done what you asked me to do. I want you to leave me alone.’  

The salon worker and recording artist could be heard asked the officers to let her go because she was due to perform at a show.

The officers acknowledged that she didn’t seem to have committed any offenses from what they could gather.

‘I felt like I was being discriminated against for being a fat, tattooed, mixed-race woman, which in turn left me full of emotions like anger, disappointment, helplessness, humiliation, and confusion,’ Ray told Jam Press. 

 

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