Outfits that got banned from flights in 2021 – from crop tops to ‘naked’ fashion

Did you know that airlines have dress codes?

Many of us don’t give it a second thought, which is why these women were gobsmacked to be pulled up by cabin crew.

In 2021, the female passengers complained about being picked on over their outfits.

Crop tops, skin-tight shorts and sports bras seemed to be the garments most likely to “offend” flight attendants.

While one mum was talked to by police over her “inappropriate” outfit, a model says she was stopped from boarding as her get-up made her look “naked”.

You can check out the full list of controversial plane attire below.

Oh my bod

In July, a fitness model claimed she was prevented from boarding a plane for wearing an outfit that made her look "naked".

Deniz Saypinar, who moved to the US from Turkey, was about to fly out from Texas to Miami when she was stopped by American Airlines flight attendants.

On Instagram, she told her one million followers: "You will never believe what happened to me at Texas Airport.

"They literally didn't take me to the plane because they say 'you're naked and you offend other families'."

She explained that she moved to the US to "be free as a woman" and found it "ridiculous" to get stopped from boarding a plane for what she was wearing.

The bodybuilder sobbed and declared "I'm not naked" as she showed off her shorts and crop top.

She added: "I like to wear feminine clothes that reveal my femininity, but I never dress in a way that will offend anyone. I'm mature and civilised enough to know what I can and cannot wear."

At the time, a spokesperson for American Airlines said: “On July 8, American Airlines denied boarding for a customer travelling from Dallas-Fort Worth to Miami.

“As stated in the conditions of carriage, all customers must dress appropriately and offensive clothing isn’t permitted onboard our flights. The customer was advised of our policy and was rebooked on a subsequent flight. The customer has since arrived in Miami.”

Case clothesed

Last January, a woman was told she wouldn’t be able to board a Virgin Australia flight as her outfit showed “too much skin”.

Catherine Bamford was wearing tailored trousers, a high necked crop top and white trainers when she was waiting to catch a flight from Adelaide to the Gold Coast.

But the 23-year-old says she was approached by a female staff member before boarding the flight, which left her feeling “publicly embarrassed”.

She told news.com.au: “She told me in front of everyone that the pilot was refusing for me to board the plane because of the clothes I was wearing.

“I was in so much shock and was so confused because my clothes weren’t revealing.”

Catherine was reportedly asked to change into a different top before boarding, which she found "humiliating".

At the time, a Virgin Australia Group spokesperson told the Daily Star: “The dress guidelines on our aircraft are similar to other airlines here in Australia and the vast majority of those who fly with us meet or exceed them.

“As Australia’s most loved airline, it’s always been our intention that those who travel with Virgin Australia feel welcome and have a comfortable journey.

“We are undertaking a review of the incident, and while no formal complaint has been received by the guest as yet, we’ve proactively tried to reach out to better understand what happened.”

Flight plight

Back in February, An OnlyFans model and Instagram influencer said she was “shamed and humiliated” after a flight attendant told her to cover up.

Isabelle Eleanore was wearing blue jeans and a low-cut black crop top on the Jetstar plane to Melbourne.

However, she was reportedly told to cover up as she was given a hi-vis vest to wear.

The model shared her fury on Twitter as she shared a video with her 6,243 followers.

She exclaimed: “I almost got kicked off the plane for what I was wearing!!

"This is ridiculous… I was humiliated, degraded and discriminated against. @JetstarAirways you have some answering to do!!”

Low-cost airline Jetstar has since apologised and said there was a "misunderstanding" of the airline's policy on the part of the flight attendant.

A spokesperson said: "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

"While we do have basic dress requirements on our flights, for example shoes, we do not have any policy regarding crop tops."


Alaska Airlines was accused of body shaming after they allegedly kicked a woman off the plane for wearing gym clothes.

In September, passenger shared a TikTok video her being spoken to by police moments after she had been ejected from the plane.

During the clip, she explains to the officer: "I was harassed about my outfit, I had put my shirt back on."

The officer interrupts, asking: "So you did have it off at one point?"

She lifts up her T-shirt and says: "Yeah, I had this (sports bra) on, they asked me to put a shirt on. I put the shirt back on and they approached me again, saying I can't wear this, 'the stomach is showing and it's inappropriate'."

The woman defended herself by looking up the airline's dress code – and was allowed back on the flight.

The Alaska Airlines website states that attire can be “casual” as long as passengers look “neat and well-groomed”.

At the time, a spokesperson said: "We’re in contact with the guest who was on Alaska Airlines Flight 223 Friday evening.

"We’re committed to finding out what happened and taking the appropriate actions. It’s our goal to provide caring service to all of our guests. When we don’t live up to that goal, we do everything we can to make it right."

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