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Thrown off plane for outfit deemed too skimpy

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by PosterChild, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

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    By Mike Celizic
    TODAYShow.com contributor
    Updated: 9:55 a.m. CT Sept 7, 2007



    It doesn’t take much to get thrown off an airplane these days, as Kyla Ebbert found out when a Southwest Airlines employee told her she was too bare for the air. Two months later, she’s still trying to figure out what was wrong with her outfit.
    In an exclusive appearance Friday on TODAY, Ebbert modeled the outfit she says she wore on the flight in question. It consisted of a snug-fitting white top with a scoop neck that stopped just short of showing cleavage.
    Over the shirt was a green sweater that buttoned underneath her bosom. It was finished with high-heeled sandals and a white denim mini-skirt with a fashionably frayed hem.

    It was a lot more clothing than the 23-year-old college student wears on her job as a Hooters waitress. Her mother, Michele Ebbert, said she would have told her daughter if the outfit was inappropriate. “But her outfit is fine, Michele Ebbert told TODAY co-host Matt Lauer. “She looks like every other college girl in San Diego.”
    Not according to a Southwest employee identified only as “Keith,” who approached Ebbert after she had taken her seat on the plane and was listening to the flight attendants go through their pre-departure routine.
    He asked her to step off of the plane and when they were in the jetway, he told her that her clothing was inappropriate and asked her to change her clothes.
    “He told me, ‘I’m sorry, but you’re going to have to take a later flight. You’re dressed inappropriately. This is a family airline. You’re dressed too provocative to fly on this flight,’ ” she told Lauer.

    “I said, ‘What part of it, the shirt, the skirt? Which part?’ “ Ebbert continued, recounting her conversation with Keith about her outfit. “And he said, ‘The whole thing.’“ I said, ‘I didn’t bring any luggage with me. I don’t have anything to change into. What can I do to make sure I can get onto that flight?’ I had a doctor’s appointment. I had to be there.”“He said ‘You can go to the gift shop and you can buy something to wear there. Until then, you’re not flying on this flight,’ ” Ebbert said.
    A compromise was finally reached when Ebbert promised to pull up her top, which wasn’t showing cleavage to begin with, and pull down her tiny skirt.
    Ebbert went back onto the plane and to her seat, feeling that every eye on the plane was staring at her.
    “I was humiliated. I was embarrassed. They all heard him lecturing me,” she said.


    She asked for a blanket, covered her legs, and cried quietly all the way to Tucson. When she got off the plane, she called her mother.
    “She was just devastated,” Michele told Lauer. “She said, ‘Mom, I can’t believe what just happened to me.’ She was. She said ‘I didn’t want to make a scene. I didn’t want to draw attention. I just sat there crying.’ ”
    No apology
    When Michele saw a picture her daughter emailed from her cell phone, she couldn’t believe what had happened. She also thought to herself, “Oh, no. They don’t do this and get away with it.”
    The San Diego Union-Tribune called Southwest Airlines and asked if the airline had a dress code. Could, for example, a woman board wearing a bikini top?
    The newspaper on Tuesday quoted the Southwest agent it spoke with as saying, “We don't have a problem with it if she's covered up in all the right spots. We don't have a dress code.”
    The Ebberts had not gone public with the story, which happened two months ago, asking only for an apology from the airline. But none was forthcoming.
    In response to a TODAY Show query, the airline sent the following statement: "Southwest Airlines was responding to a concern about Ms. Ebbert's revealing attire on the flight that day. As a compromise, we asked her to adjust her clothing to be less revealing, she complied, and she traveled as scheduled. When a concern is brought to our Employees' attention, we address that situation directly with the Customer(s) involved in a discreet and professional manner. Fortunately, as an airline that carries approximately 96 million Customers a year, these situations are extremely rare."
    The Ebberts have engaged an attorney, Martin Reed, to help them decide what to do next.
    Asked if he will file suit, Reed told Lauer, “We’ve not made that decision, yet. We’re considering all the facts and all the circumstances.”
    “Initially, I just wanted an apology,” Kyla told Lauer. “At this point, just some acknowledgement that they were wrong. That would be better.”
    What really tops the whole story off is that Ebbert wore the same outfit on the return flight to San Diego later that day. A female flight attendant also took note of it, according to Ebbert.
    “I was complimented by the stewardess on my return flight,” she said.



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  2. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

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    Not Guilty.
  3. CowboyFan74

    CowboyFan74 Cowboys Analyst

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    South West is gonna take a plunge on this one..
  4. PosterChild

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    Yeah. No doubt. This poor girl has been singled out and discriminated against for being too hot. I'm appalled. And just to demonstrate how tolerant I am, I proclaim she can fly with me anytime.
  5. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    Wait, wait, wait.

    San Diego? As in California? Where you can drive down any street and see a thong bikini?

    Was she going commando and they're not admitting it? If not, what is the big damn deal?
  6. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Only if they don't do something about it. If they stand up and punish whomever made the decision to kick her off the flight, they can come across looking good. I just flew Southwest a few weeks ago and saw a couple of women similarly dressed including one of my friends. It didn't seem to matter on our flight. Some people just get a little power happy.
  7. Mavs Man

    Mavs Man All outta bubble gum

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    No ticket.
  8. k19

    k19 Active Member

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    she forgot the optional bag, i mean head adornment.



    She wasnt on the today show, she flashed her panties when she sat down:eek:

    Maybe its a conspiracy against hooters girls

    Edit - Yes she does look better in the video

    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/20638479/
  9. tomson75

    tomson75 Brain Dead Shill

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    That picture actually makes her look far worse than she actually does. She's rather attractive in the video IMO. At the very least, she doesn't need a bag over her head.



    ...at least she seems quite a bit smarter than Miss Teen South Carolina.
  10. Rocky

    Rocky New Member

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    She's not bad as far as the face goes...her body is smokin'!
  11. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    The funny thing is that when she was on the Today Show this morning talking about how her outfit was not too skimpy, Matt asked her to stand up. When she sat back down on the couch you could see her skirt hike up and get a glimpse of her naughty bits...

    I saw the uncensored video but from what I've read, NBC blurred out her baby maker...
  12. Rampage

    Rampage Benched

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    she's hot.
  13. k19

    k19 Active Member

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    I hear her ******* pics are "more gooder"

    Look how far she has to pull the skirt DOWN to get it to cover what it does. I'm guessing it "rode" a lil higher when something was said.



    Things that make you go hmmmmmmmm.

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  14. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    :lmao2:

    Southwest Airlines just got punked.
  15. k19

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    You know me Hos, always finding the oddest things. Beats showing the still frame of her sitting from the today show :eek:

    And she'll be punked once people see her pics on ecapsym, or so I hear. Not quite the wholesome lil girl mommy said she was, or so I hear
  16. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

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    She's not wholesome? I'm shocked. And what is this ecapsym you speak of?
  17. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

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    Okay, never mind. I have seen the sorted pics in question. Mommy would definitely not approve and neither would CZ's minders so I won't post them..haha
  18. Passepartout

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    People get flown off planes for
    Little to no reason/explaination
  19. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    She is NOT hot....some of you guy's are flat out BLIND.


    I SEE NAUGHTY BITS !!!
  20. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    So let me get this straight... on an appearance on the Today show -- to make her case for NOT being a slut, no less -- she declined to wear undergarments?

    Sound judgment I'd say. :rolleyes:

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