Glamorous traveler, 23, banned from Virgin Australia flight after pilot said she ‘showed too much skin’ in summer halter top
- Catherine Bampton claims she was kicked off her Virgin flight on Wednesday
- The 23-year-old said an airline approached her at Adelaide airport
- She claims staff said she should not be allowed to board with her top
- Ms Bampton said she had been told to put on a jacket for the flight to the Gold Coast
A glamorous traveler was banned from her Virgin Australia flight after a pilot said she showed ‘too much skin’ in her halter top.
Catherine Bampton, 23, said she was approached by an airline employee at Adelaide Airport on Wednesday morning while waiting to board a flight home to the Gold Coast.
The Palm Beach resident said the woman told her she would not be allowed on the VA1447 flight because her outfit was too revealing.
Catherine Bampton, 23, claims she was banned from boarding a flight from Adelaide to the Gold Coast on Wednesday because she was wearing a halter neck top (photo)
“She told me in front of everyone that the pilot refused to board the plane because of the clothes I was wearing,” said Ms. Bampton. News.com.au.
The ground crew member then asked Ms. Bampton – who wore sneakers, a high-neck halter top, high-waisted pants and sneakers – if there was another top she could put on, Ms. Bampton claims.
After indicating that she had a coat, the university student claims she had to put it on before boarding the plane.
She said the incident had left her shocked and confused because she did not consider her clothing inappropriate.
“It was so embarrassing and demeaning,” she said.
“Everyone else waiting to board the plane was there watching… and you could tell they were staring in shock with their mouths open.”
When she boarded the plane, Ms. Bampton said she asked staff to explain what was wrong with her clothing, and was told the pilot didn’t like people showing ‘too much skin.’
Ms Bampton said she inquired further whether flyers could show their arms or back, but the staff member did not know how to answer her question.
The Queensland student is now calling on the airline to apologize.
Ms Bampton said the incident left her shocked and confused as she did not consider her outfit (pictured) inappropriate
Daily Mail Australia understands that Ms Bampton was approached in the lounge because Virgin staff felt that the way the ‘bikini top’ was worn was inappropriate for travel.
The Virgin Australia website states that guests who do not meet the airline’s minimum dress requirements can travel until they are appropriately dressed.
Passengers must wear footwear, appropriate clothing that covers your lower half, such as shorts, skirts, or pants, and a shirt (vests are allowed) in order to fly, according to the company’s website.
Virgin Australia said the company was reviewing the incident.
“The clothing guidelines on our planes are similar to those of other airlines here in Australia and the vast majority of those who fly with us meet or exceed them,” said a Virgin Australia spokesperson.
‘It has always been our intention for those traveling with Virgin Australia to feel welcome and have a comfortable journey.
“We are reviewing the incident and while the guest has not yet received a formal complaint, we have been proactive in reaching out to better understand what happened.”
“We will also remind frontline team members of our guest dress code.”
A Virgin Australia spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that the company is reviewing the incident