A black doctor from Houston, Texas, has accused American Airlines of racism.
Tisha Rowe, 37, claims a flight attendant told her she would be taken off her flight by staff unless she covered up her “assets” with a blanket.
On Sunday, Rowe took to Twitter to tell her followers she was “disgusted” and “humiliated” after her outfit was deemed “inappropriate.”
She claims she was asked to step off a plane for a “talk” during in which she was asked to “cover up.” Rowe was coming home to Miami, Florida, with her son after enjoying a vacation to Kingston, Jamaica.
“When defending my outfit I was threatened with not getting back on the flight unless I walked down the aisle wrapped in a blanket,” Tisha said.
Rowe advised anyone who has “a big butt and wears shorts” to avoid flying with the American Airlines.
“So American Airlines just told me I couldn’t board the flight without putting a jacket over my ASSETS. My shorts covered EVERYTHING but apparently was too distracting to enter the plane,” her first tweet read.
“I guess that’s why they are AMERICAN airlines.”
Tisha has three degrees including psychobiology and medicine. She is also the founder of a tele-medicine company Rowe Docs.
Rowe explained that she feels that she and other women are “policed” and “over sexualized.”
She also believes a white woman would not receive the same treatment if she wore a similar outfit.
“We are policed for being black. 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 plane without a blink of an eye. I guess if it’s a “nice ass” vs a @Serena Booty it’s okay…” she added.
Tisha said her “amazing vacation” that she shared with her eight-year-old son Chase ended with her child crying.
“I just really want to know has #AmericanAirlines done this to anyone else or is my ass just that distracting. I’m disgusted. The only power I have is my voice so I’m going to use it,” Tisha said.
“PSA – if you have a big butt and wear shorts do not fly with @AmericanAir #americanairlinessucks,” she added.
“Telling a passenger to cover their behind when their behind is already covered is BODY SHAMING,” she said.
She added: “Apparently the @AmericanAirlines captain who never saw me felt it was Fine to tell me cover up although he never laid eyes on me.”
Shannon Gilson, a spokesperson for the airline told Business Insider that the company is taking the incident “seriously.”
A statement proved by the spokesperson on behalf of American Airlines read: “We were concerned about Dr. Rowe’s comments, and reached out to her and our team at the Kingston airport to gather more information about what occurred.”
“Unfortunately, we’ve been unable to reach Dr. Rowe or leave a message at the number provided. We want to personally apologize to Dr. Rowe and her son for their experience, and have fully refunded their travel.”
“We are proud to serve customers of all backgrounds and are committed to providing a positive, safe travel experience for everyone who flies with us.”