Doctor Says She Was Almost Kicked Off Flight Because of Her Outfit

A Houston doctor is speaking out after her experience on an American Airlines flight. Dr. Tisha Rowe took to social media to share that before she boarded a plane from Jamaica to Miami she was forced to “cover up” her romper because it was deemed inappropriate.

Dr. Rowe says she was asked to leave the plane on her way to her seat and was told she couldn’t board again dressed the way she was. She ended up having to wrap a blanket around her waist in order to board the aircraft. Rowe was traveling with her 8-year-old son, who she says was distraught over what went down.

Tisha tweeted on June 30th, “So #AmericanAirlines just told me I couldn’t board the flight without putting a jacket over my ASSETS. My shorts covered EVERYTHING but apparently was too distracting to enter the plane. I guess that’s why they are AMERICAN airlines.”

Following the situation, Tisha posted a photo of what she was wearing during the humiliating confrontation.

According to The New York Times, Tisha said of the incident: “Had they seen that same issue in a woman who was not a woman of color, they would not have felt empowered to take me off the plane. In pop culture, especially black women with a body like mine, they’re often portrayed as video vixens. So I’ve had to deal with those stereotypes my whole life.”

The Times also reports American Airlines has issued an apology to Dr. Rowe, and offered her a refund. Airline spokesperson Shannon Gilson stated, “We were concerned about Dr. Rowe’s comments, and reached out to her and our team at the Kingston airport to gather more information about what occurred. We apologize to Dr. Rowe and her son for their experience, and have fully refunded their travel. We are proud to serve customers of all backgrounds.”

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