Doctor Tisha Rowe was removed from a flight and asked to cover up because her outfit was deemed inappropriate.
“Here is what I was wearing when @AmericanAir asked me to deplane for a talk,” Rowe stated online, referring to the printed romper she was wearing. “At which point I was asked to ‘cover up.’ When defending my outfit, I was threatened with not getting back on the flight unless I walked down the aisle wrapped in a blanket. #notsofriendlyskies.”
Rose was flying from Kingston, Jamaica, to Miami with her eight-year-old when she says flight attendants asked her to deplane when she says flight attendants asked her to deplane. She then says she was threatened with missing her flight if she didn’t cover her body with a blanket.
“We are policed for being Black,” she said. “Our bodies are over sexualized as women and we must adjust to make everyone around us comfortable. I’ve seen white women with much shorter shorts board a place without a blink of an eye. I guess if it’s a ‘nice ass’ vs Serena Booty it’s okay.”
In 2017, the NAACP listed a travel advisory warning Black passengers to avoid flying with American in light of “a corporate culture of racial insensitivity.”