Alaska Airlines passenger ordered off flight goes viral over outfit, weight-shaming claims

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Woman says she was 'harassed' and removed from an Alaska Airlines flight over her outfit

Yahoo! Voices 06 September, 2021 - 08:40pm

She said she was asked to change shirts by flight attendants and complied. 

Howard claimed she was approached by staff three separate times.

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A woman claimed that she was "harassed" and kicked off an Alaska Airlines flight over her outfit.

Ray Lin Howard, a musician known as Fat Trophy Wife, uploaded a video to her TikTok account that's garnered more than 1.3 million views so far.

In the video caption, Howard claimed that an Alaska Airlines flight attendant "harassed and called the airport police" on her for wearing an "inappropriate outfit." 

Footage shows Howard being escorted off the plane before sitting down with authorities to recount the events. 

@alaskaair Flight attendant harassed and called the airport police on me for my inappropriate outfit. ##bbw ##plussize ##plussizeedition ##bbws ##fyp

"I was harassed about my outfit," Howard apparently tells police officers in the video. She claims that she was approached by staff because she wore a grey top that showed her stomach. Howard appears to tells the officers that she put on another shirt when staff initially asked her.

"And then they approached me again," Howard says in the video. "Saying that I can't wear this because my stomach is showing and it's inappropriate."

A police officer can be heard telling Howard that she's not in any criminal trouble but pointed towards Alaska Airlines' dress policy. 

According to the Alaska Airlines website, the airline's dress code is "casual, and the requirement is simply a neat and well-groomed appearance. Clothing that is soiled or tattered and bare feet are never acceptable. You are expected to use good judgment, but customer service agents will have the final authority to refuse travel for inappropriate attire or appearance." 

Howard later shared a second TikTok video that showed what she was wearing on the flight. 

@alaskaair called the police on me for wearing this outfit #bbw #plussize #plussizeedition #flying #airline #alaskaairlines #bbws #thicktok

A third TikTok video was uploaded to her account, where she claimed that Alaska Airlines contacted her about the flight. Howard said that the airline refunded her money for the three seats she purchased and offered a discount code to use on a future purchase.

Howard and Alaska Airlines representatives did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. 

Airports and airlines have made headlines for several mishaps in recent months. 

Earlier this month, a woman said on TikTok that an Alaska Airlines flight attendant shamed her for her outfit. Another instance involved a woman being escorted off of a Spirit Airlines flight for lighting a cigarette and blowing smoke into an asthma sufferer's face

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Woman Thrown Off Flight For Wearing A Crop Top

UNILAD 06 September, 2021 - 08:40pm

Ray Lin Howard, also known by her rap stage name as Fat Trophy Wife, documented her experience on an Alaska Airlines flight on August 4, in which she claims she was escorted off by police due to her choice of outfit.

She uploaded her ordeal to TikTok, where she’s since amassed more than 1.3 million views and thousands of comments backing up Howard’s accusations of harassment.

The clip opens with Howard being escorted off the plane into a room with police officers, who ask her what happened. ‘I was harassed about my outfit. I put my shirt back on,’ she says.

The officer then asks if she had it off in the first place, to which she shows him her crop top underneath. ‘I had this on, they asked me to put my shirt on, I put the shirt back on, and then they approached me again, saying that I can’t wear this, my stomach is showing and it’s inappropriate,’ she tells police.

Howard defended her clothes, saying she was covered up. She told the flight attendant to just kick her off if that’s what she wanted to do, because she’d already done what she’d been asked and they approached her three times. ‘That’s why you were called, because of this,’ she says.

The officer tells her she’s not facing any criminal charges and they’re just trying to hear her side of the story. However, he then tries to allege the airline has its policy ‘it needs to follow’ – Howard says her outfit followed the guidelines. ‘I looked it up, I’m within the dress code… I’m being harassed and now I’m being detained. I wore an outfit – that’s what happened,’ she says.

As per Alaska Airlines, the dress code on flights is ‘casual, and the requirement is simply a neat and well-groomed appearance. Clothing that is soiled or tattered and bare feet are never acceptable. You are expected to use good judgement, but customer service agents will have the final authority to refuse travel for inappropriate attire or appearance.’

The airline hasn’t commented on the video or Howard’s allegations.

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"Fat Trophy Wife" Claims She Was Kicked Off Alaska Airlines For Wearing Crop Top...

Live and Let's Fly 06 September, 2021 - 08:40pm

A woman who proudly calls herself  “Fat Trophy Wife” claims she was harassed by an Alaska Airlines flight attendant over her choice to wear a crop top before being thrown off the flight, even after she covered up her midriff.

She was traveling to Fairbanks and chose to wear what appeared to be bicycling shorts and a crop top on the flight. Her “private parts” were fully covered. She claims that flight attendants approached her multiple times and berated her for her choice of wardrobe. Furthermore, she claims that when asked to cover up her exposed midriff, she pulled down her shirt immediately.

Nevertheless, she was removed from the flight by police, so I have to imagine that things got tense onboard.

In a video posted on TikTok, she is seen being escorted off the flight and later sitting down with police officers to discuss what happened.

@Alaska Airlines Flight attendant harassed and called the airport police on me for my inappropriate outfit. #bbw #plussize #plussizeedition #bbws #fyp

@Alaska Airlines called the police on me for wearing this outfit #bbw #plussize #plussizeedition #flying #airline #alaskaairlines #bbws #thicktok

She whines that she is being detained, despite very clearly being told by the officer that she is there on a voluntary basis and they just trying to help mediate.

“I was harassed about my outfit…They asked me to put my shirt on, I put my shirt back on, and then they approached me again, saying that I can’t wear this, my stomach is showing and it’s inappropriate. And I said ‘I’m covered up, I’m fine.'”

Before we say that Alaska Airlines targets passengers of size, it’s worth noting that a skinny girl was also shamed by a flight attendant on Alaska Airlines over a crop top just one month ago. While she complied and wasn’t thrown off, the two incidents unfolded in a very similar fashion.

Personally, I don’t want to see anyone’s stomach when I’m on an airplane. In this case, the very name “Fat Trophy Wife” and the way she chooses to dress is all about bringing attention to her. I don’t find that empowering, but pathetic. At the same time, I respect her self-confidence and I don’t find her wardrobe choice offensive enough to remove her.

Alaska Airlines apologized to the skinny girl a month ago…we’ll see if they apologize here.

Sometimes I wonder if people like this want to be thrown off a flight for the attention it will bring. In any case, I’m not convinced she was fat-shamed as much as Alaska Airlines seems uncomfortable with crop tops no matter the passenger size.

(H/T: Paddle Your Own Kanoo)

Matthew is an avid traveler who calls Los Angeles home. Each year he travels more than 200,000 miles by air and has visited more than 135 countries. Working both in the aviation industry and as a travel consultant, Matthew has been featured in major media outlets around the world and uses his Live and Let's Fly blog to share the latest news in the airline industry, commentary on frequent flyer programs, and detailed reports of his worldwide travel.

I don’t care that her shirt doesn’t cover her stomach, but I do care that her mask doesn’t cover her nose.

Truly sad cry for attention! Unfortunately the world .. well, the US, is full of people in the same quest for validation. If it isn’t a crop top, it’s foul language and crass behaviour! And you’re cancelled if you don’t like it and “respect” it. Where will we be 10-20 years from now?! Truly, truly frightening.

She says she knows the dress code and complied. Actually I’ve seen pax like her on board and at airports dressed similar or worse for 30 yrs …..retired now as flight attendant, airlines do have dress codes for crew and pax. There’s expected etiquette by everyone who chooses to fly since day one. The rules are in place to create a safe and pleasant experience. She’s obviously creating her own ego driven distraction because she’s got a captive on board audience who she feels must be entertained. Sorry “Karen”, you’re act is canceled. 1) read the rules and know the meaning of them. 2) when in doubt, see #1.

She clearly wins the fat trophy.

Its sad. Doesn’t she have a friend tontell her she is a fat skank with those god-awful tattoos amd piercing through her snot locker. The poor woman is pathetic and looking for attention. Needs psychiatric help. Poor airline personnel. No one wants to call out these losers, but they insist upon self-immolation. SAD!!!

I didn’t know they have tattoo parlors inside a Dollar Store.

I thought Devine died about 15 years ago.

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Alaska Airlines Diverts Flight to Remove 'Disruptive' Passengers

Newsweek 06 September, 2021 - 08:40pm

Alaska Airlines flight 109 was scheduled to fly from Seattle to Anchorage on Saturday night but was delayed by several hours due to a series of setbacks.

Multiple passengers were removed for "disruptive behavior" before the flight even took off, the airline said.

"Before the flight departed Seattle, a group of guests was removed from the aircraft because of their disruptive behavior," Alaska Airlines said in a statement provided to KTUU. "Others in the party were allowed to continue onto Anchorage."

An Alaska Airlines flight came in hours after scheduled following several passengers having to be removed for causing a disturbance on board. https://t.co/Jfcx0l6WKz

Once in the air, one of the five remaining group members started to threaten crew members and other passengers, the publication reported.

The behavior caused the flight to divert to the Alaskan capital of Juneau, where the rest of the group was removed.

The passengers removed in Juneau did not continue to Anchorage on an Alaska Airlines flight, according to the airline.

Footage taken from inside the aircraft and shared by the outlet showed at least five male passengers being escorted from the plane by authorities. It is unclear whether the men were removed from the aircraft in Seattle or Juneau.

It also remains unclear how many passengers were part of the original group and the exact nature of their disruptive behavior.

Newsweek has contacted Alaska Airlines for comment.

In August, an Alaska Airlines flight evacuated all passengers onboard due to a fire caused by a cell phone in the plane's cargo hold.

The Port of Seattle Fire Department (POSFD) responded to reports of a fire on the Alaska Airlines's flight at around 8:30 p.m. local time on Monday, August 23, after the aircraft landed at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington.

An Alaska Airlines spokesperson told Newsweek that the blaze broke out on the plane "shortly after landing" when a passenger's phone caught on fire, prompting everyone onboard to be evacuated once it landed at the Seattle airport.

In total, 128 passengers and six crew members were evacuated from the plane while the plane was towed to the gate without any impact on aircraft operations.

The airline also hit the news recently when it announced Friday, September 3, that all employees vaccinated against COVID-19 would receive a $200 bonus payment.

The company said that while 75 percent of its employees have already been vaccinated, it is aiming to move closer to the 100 percent mark. In addition to offering a financial bonus, the airline will require all new employees to be vaccinated before being hired.

Furthermore, unvaccinated staff members will now have to submit to a new testing protocol and participate in a mandatory vaccine education program. Those employees will also not be eligible for special coronavirus pay if they contract COVID-19.

The airline joined other major air travel companies including American Airlines, Air Canada, Delta, and United Airlines in adopting stricter COVID-19 vaccination policies and incentives. Both United and Delta airlines have also announced vaccine mandates for employees, while American is offering vaccinated employees an extra day off in 2022 and $50 in its recognition program.

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