Isabelle Eleanore, an Instagram and OnlyFans model, stated that she felt humiliated after a Jetstar flight attendant asked her to "cover up" her outfit. She was forced to wear a hi-vis vest during the flight.
She was wearing a black crop top and blue jeans when she was approached by a flight attendant as she boarded. She was then told that her outfit was inappropriate for flying. The attendant asked her if she had something to cover up, telling her, "You can't wear a bikini."
Isabelle was given a hi-vis vest, which she wore over the crop top. She stated that she was left feeling "embarrassed" and "degraded," and maintained what she was wearing was not inappropriate or revealing.
She stated that she believed her treatment would have been different if she had smaller breasts or was a man.
Speaking to 9News, Isabelle said that the incident occurred during her flight from Gold Coast to Melbourne.
She said: "She looked at the ticket and then looked up and said, 'Oh, do you have a jumper you can wear?' and then here's me thinking she must be concerned I'm going to get cold on the flight, it's going to be cold in Melbourne or something. She kept going and she was like, 'Well, you can't fly with what you're wearing, you can't wear a bikini.' And I'm like, 'Look - it's not a bikini, it's a top.'"
Because she and her husband, Jeremy Szwarcbord, didn't have a jumper or a different top in their hand luggage, the flight attendant asked the rest of the crew to find her something she could use to cover her top.
That was when she was handed a hi-vis vest to wear, and she had to walk down the aisle as other passengers watched.
She stated that she felt "victimized", "degraded" and "embarrassed" because "everyone was looking."
She agreed to wear the vest because she feared she would be kicked off the flight if she refused.
She later posted on Instagram: "So they made a huge scene when I stepped on the plane and made me wait in front of everyone while they searched for something to cover me up with. Then I had to walk all the way to my seat wearing this vest. This is discrimination and humiliation Jet Star Australia. Apparently my top is too small and I couldn't fly without covering up. If I had small breasts I guarantee they wouldn't have said anything. They forced me to put on hi-vis vest.”
On its website, Jetstar states that there are "minimum dress requirements" on its flights and "offensive clothing" is not allowed.
It reads: "Please refrain from wearing any clothing or carrying personal items that display words, images, symbols or slogans that may reasonably be deemed offensive (e.g. a t-shirt with slurs or swear words on it). Where this occurs, our crew will ask you to cover up the offensive material."
A company spokesperson stated that the airline apologized to Isabelle.
"We've contacted Isabelle about her recent experience and have apologised for the way the situation was handled. There was a misunderstanding of what our policy was, and we have reminded our crew of our dress requirements,” the spokesperson told the Mirror. "While we do have basic dress requirements on our flights, for example shoes, we do not have any policy regarding crop tops."