American Airlines passengers must adhere to the company’s dress code (file photo).
A bodybuilder says he was banned from boarding an American Airlines flight at Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport because his clothes were deemed offensive.
Deniz Saypinar, a 26-year-old professional bodybuilder from Turkey, was flying to Miami when airline staff reported her attire as inappropriate. After missing her flight, she posted an Instagram story on her million-follower social media platform detailing the ordeal.
“I like to wear feminine clothes that reveal my femininity, but I never dress in a way that offends anyone,” Saypinar said in her post. “I am mature and civilized enough to know what I can and cannot wear.”
American Airlines passengers are required to adhere to the company’s dress code, which only says “dress appropriately; bare feet or offensive clothing is not allowed ”.
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An airline spokesperson confirmed the incident in a statement.
“As stated in the conditions of carriage, all customers must dress appropriately and offensive clothing is not allowed on board our flights,” the spokesperson said. “The customer was made aware of our policy and was re-rented on a subsequent flight. The client has since arrived in Miami.
Saypinar was the first woman in Turkey to receive professional status from the International Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation, and she placed first in the 2020 National Physics Committee Bikini Championship.
According to Daily mailSaypinar claimed that the flight crew said his clothes bothered other families at the airport. Saypinar included an image of the outfit – a brown tank top, denim shorts and a white jacket tied around her waist – which took it off the flight.
“I don’t deserve to be treated like the worst person in the world for wearing denim shorts,” she said. “What separates us from animals if humans cannot control even their most primitive impulses?” “
This is not the first time in recent years that American Airlines has made headlines for threatening to withdraw passengers for sartorial reasons.
In April, a double flying cancer survivor from Los Angeles to Charlotte was nearly banned from flying because of a sweatshirt that had a curse on it, Wing view reported.
In 2019, a Houston doctor was asked to cover his return trip from Jamaica with his son in an incident the woman described as racist and misogynist. After the woman, named Tisha Rowe, announced that she almost left the flight for her outfit, the airline publicly apologized and said it had fully reimbursed her, along with her son’s trip.
Rowe and Saypinar’s experiences sparked outrage online, prompting supportive comments on their respective posts.
– The morning news from Dallas