Another allegation has been added to American Airlines’ long list of problems in recent years. When DJ Soda, a popular South Korean disc jockey, attempted to board a flight from New York to Los Angeles on June 11, she was stopped by an American Airlines employee because her sweatpants had “F*ck you” written across them.
During takeoff, an airline employee came up to DJ Soda and informed her that she had to leave the plane unless she removed her pants because of the offensive content. The DJ explained that her pants were at issue since they contained the word “F*ck” across them. The airline employee claimed that their clothing was too “inappropriate” for a commercial flight and suggested that either they needed to be removed or DJ Soda had to be removed from the flight.
DJ Soda was forced to undress in front of other passengers and airline employees by An airline employee. Instead of allowing her to use the restroom, where she could get some seclusion while disrobing, she was compelled to do so in front of many people, which was highly demeaning for the 36-year-old musician.
Because she was wearing offensive sweatpants, the young woman was forced to “stand half-naked” in front of hundreds of people at the gate while airline employees and others made “sarcastic comments” about her.
She was asked to leave the plane after some time, but she was permitted to return once she had worn her sweatpants inside-out. Nonetheless, the humiliating event left her “mortified” and “trembling in fear.”
She took to Twitter to express her sentiments about the situation, and her statement soon went viral.
“I got kicked off from American Airlines flight, and they harassed me to take off my sponsored @RIPNDIP ‘F**K YOU’ sweatpants in front of people to board again,” she tweeted. Furthermore, the DJ posted a video of herself speaking to the airline employee outside of the departure terminal.
She added: “Yesterday, coming back from JFK to LAX with American Airlines, I was harassed and humiliated. I was forced out of the plane and was harassed to take off my pants in front of the flight crews at the gate.”
The DJ had never had a problem with her “F*ck you” pants before the incident with American Airlines. She’d been wearing them on and off for “many months of touring in North America.”
“They did not have any problem with me wearing it at the time of check-in nor when I sat down at my seat,” she stated.
She pleaded with the employee to allow her to remain on the plane.
“I pleaded to stay on the flight but was ignored by the staff and the flight attendants. I even offered to get changed, but the request was denied. What happened next was horrendous. With my broken fingers, I hardly ended up taking off my pants in front of the whole crew and standing half-naked while they still refused to board me on the flight. They even sarcastically commented that I could have taken off my pants earlier.”
Do you feel she should have been able to wear her provocative pants?