If sexism wasn’t prevalent enough, it seems to only be getting worse! It’s like everyone and their mothers feel the need to police women’s bodies and shame their clothing choices.
A female passenger was stopped before boarding a flight on private Indian airline, Indigo, when a male staff member deemed her dress “inappropriate.”
Note to male airline staff member: Just because you can't look at a woman in a dress without objectifying her, doesn't mean everyone else sees it that way.
The passenger was only able to board the next flight after changing clothes.
How rude and inconvenient!
The woman is a former employee of the airline and her sister is currently employed by them. Indigo confirmed the incident happened, but said the woman was traveling under subsidized “staff leisure travel policy” for employees and their relatives which includes a dress code.
“As per the guidelines outlined, employees and the nominated family members are required to maintain a specific dress code, as and when they fly with the airline under the staff leisure travel privileges. Keeping in mind this policy, the Mumbai ground staff followed the protocol to brief this passenger on the dress code policy,” the company reportedly stated in an email.
@aparna_jain The code of conduct including dress code applies only to Employees (men & women) & relatives only when they're traveling at >>— IndiGo (@IndiGo6E) October 29, 2015
@IndiGo6E yes, we get that. But point is it’s based on some moral judgements about lengths of skirt etc. That’s the point— Aparna Jain (@aparna_jain) October 29, 2015
Although there isn’t a photo available of the dress, I would assume that as the passenger is a former employee, she is very familiar with the dress code and thus wore something she thought would be acceptable.
That’s the tricky part about “dress codes,” they’re subjective. What one person thinks is classy and modest another may think is risqué or indecent and somehow, women are pretty much ALWAYS the ones getting flagged.
A representative from Indigo said that the dress code excludes slippers, sweat pants, shorts and “revealing clothes,” but doesn’t apply to regular passengers. However, the code is meant to be a guideline and not a mandate to be used to bar someone from boarding a flight, according to Mashable.
The staff involved in the incident has reportedly been required to receive further training on "sensitization," how about just don't be sexist and don't perpetuate misogynistic views!
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