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Woman Barred From IndiGo Flight For Wearing Short Skirt

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | November 02, 2015

Woman Barred From IndiGo Flight For Wearing Short Skirt

A woman was not permitted to board a domestic flight in India when the flight crew told her that the skirt she was wearing was too short.

According to Gemma Mullin of The Mirror, the young woman was getting ready to board her flight from Mumbai to Delhi, India, on an IndiGo airline plane when three male employees said she would be required to change her skirt.

The employees claimed the skirt—which reportedly came to just above her knees—did not match the dress code for employees. While the woman is not an employee of the airline, she was traveling on a "family and friends" ticket with her brother, an IndiGo employee. This, the three employees claimed, was enough to require the woman adhere to the same dress code that applies to other members of the flight crew.

While the woman accepted the request to change her skirt, she missed the original flight and was booked onto the next possible plane. In a surprise twist, the woman is a former employee of the company. Even more surprising, IndiGo officials are taking her side in the incident.

A spokesperson for IndiGo airline told The Mirror, “When staff followed the policy it was done in such a way that it had upset the woman and for the right reasons. She was not inappropriately dressed but she accepted the offer of changing and was put on a subsequent flight. She chose to escalate her concerns to managers, who were on her side and had assured her these members of staff who had talked with her in this way will be put back in training.”

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