A 26-year-old Instagram star from Turkey claims American Airlines refused to let her board her flight to Miami after ground staff deemed her outfit too revealing and said it would “offend families.”
Fitness Model Deniz Saypinar Denied Boarding On American Airlines For Revealing Outfit
Deniz Saypinar is a professional bodybuilder who moved from Turkey to the United States to escape an “Islamic country because how they treat women as a fkn second or even third even no class.” Grammar notwithstanding, she continued:
“I like to wear feminine clothes that reveal my femininity, but I never dress in a way that would offend anyone. I’m mature and civilized enough to know what I can and cannot wear.
“I don’t deserve to be treated like the worst person in the world for wearing denim shorts. What separates us from animals if humans can’t control even their most primitive impulses. I feel insulted. They wouldn’t let me on the plane because I wore these shorts in the United States.”
Her Instagram post came after American Airlines denied her boarding on a flight from Dallas – Fort Worth (DFW) to Miami (MIA) for wearing the revealing outfit pictured above. Saypinar claimed American Airlines staff accused her of being “naked” and said that her outfit would “offend families.”
An American Airlines spokesperson noted:
“As stated in the conditions of carriage, all customers must dress appropriately and offensive clothing isn’t permitted on board our flights. The customer was advised of our policy and was rebooked on a subsequent flight. The customer has since arrived in Miami.”
My Take: Really American Airlines?
I’ve written extensively about American’s dress code policy in the past, which I call nebulous. It simply states:
Dress appropriately; bare feet or offensive clothing aren’t allowed.
This “I’ll know it when I see it” approach inevitably leads to conflict and leaves passengers at the mercy of flight attendants and gate agents, all of whom have different standards of what is “appropriate” or “offensive.”
My take is that American was far less concerned about her clothes than her body. And as we’ve seen over and over, American Airlines seems to take issue with curvaceous bodies.
I view AA’s response as tone deaf and I think Saypinar makes a valid point that even if (though) her wardrobe was revealing or invited stares, it still covered up private parts and was not vulgar. So I do once again think that American Airlines overstepped its discretion by pulling Saypinar off her flight.
I’ll also say here that I think my wife could pull off that outfit very nicely, but I would never want her to wear that on a plane for exactly the “primitive impulses” that Saypinar mentions (of course, she can wear what she wants…). We’ve all seen the gawking…to what end? I fail to understand how that is empowering to women.
I mention that because I want to make clear I’m not defending her outfit, just her right to wear that outfit in light of AA’s dress code. I think it is utterly unreasonable for American Airlines to stop her or other passengers form wearing such an outfit, not because it is 2021, but because the policy is so unevenly enforced and because it seems to target a particular type of women.
Isn’t it interesting that almost all of these stories come from American Airlines? I really think it’s time for CEO Doug Parker to sent out a video memo letting employees know it is time to stop profiling curvy women in revealing clothing and that the only grounds for denying boarding on wardrobe grounds are for obscene and offensive messaging or full on exposure of reproductive organs.
What is your thought on the Deniz Saypinar American Airlines incident?
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