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Woman Told She Was Too Hot To Fly

8:15 AM, Sep 12, 2007   |    comments
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In case you're wondering why a young woman wearing this dress would completely bundle up, Setara Qassim says "I was sitting like this on the plane, like a psycho." Setara Qassim says it was not her idea that 100 degree day she flew back from Las Vegas on Southwest Airlines. Setara says "the flight attendant came up to me and asked me if I had a sweater and I said no because why would I pack a sweater in the heat. So, I asked her why and she said I need to cover up." Just last Friday on the "Today Show," a young woman from San Diego told her story of a Southwest Airlines flight attendant taking issue with the propriety of her attire. On the "Today Show," the young woman said the flight attendant told her "this is a family airline. You are too provocative to fly on this flight." Setara said "the way the woman [on the "Today Show"] described how she felt is exactly how I felt about the whole situation." We spoke with Ms. Qassim too late to get a response from Southwest but last week, in response to the woman on the "Today Show" being asked to pull up her tanktop and pull down her skirt, Southwest issued a statment that read in part: "when a concern is brought to our employees' attention, we address that situation directly with the customer involved in a discrete and professional manner." Qassim counters if an airline wants to enforce a dress code, it should post some specifics and not "just the flight attendants deciding on their own whether you're lewd and offensive or not."

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