WTF: Woman Slut-Shamed By Flight Attendant On Budget Airline

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"Everybody on the plane was looking at me, I was so embarrassed and shocked."

When will the world learn that it's never a good idea to shame a woman for her clothing choices? One Australian woman was humiliated on a plane after being told to cover up by a flight attendant. Scroll on to read more about the Jetstar slut-shaming incident.

28-year-old business owner Shoshana Strykert was flying to Brisbane from Melbourne, Australia, to visit her mother in the hospital. Already tired and stressed out from flight mix-ups and her mother's condition, a flight attendant on the plane told her that she was dressed inappropriately.

"When I got onto the plane tired and stressed out, the flight attendant told me that what I was wearing was inappropriate," Strykert wrote in an open letter to Jetstar on Facebook.

What was she wearing exactly? A black crop top, loose beige pants, and black leather sandals.

She told Gold Coast Bulletin that she didn't put much thought into what she was wearing — she was just concerned about getting back to her mum.

"I was wearing a bra [underneath], there was no cleavage or anything, only showed my stomach slightly. I don't understand it."

Strykert says that the flight attendant asked her, "Do you see any men walking around with their shirts off?" The flight attendant also said, "'Do you have a T-shirt you can put on or I will give you a blanket."

The incident left Strykert "embarrassed and shocked", and one woman sitting behind her felt so sorry for her that she offered to lend her a jacket.

Jetstar Slut-Shaming: The Airline's Response

Strykert contacted Jetstar about the encounter, and the airline expressed their regret that Strykert did not get the "polite, friendly, and professional experience" that she expected. The airline also gave her a AU$50 (around US$35.50) voucher to make up for it.

In a statement released to several media outlets, a Jetstar spokesperson said: “We’ve called Ms Strykert to better understand the situation and apologise if she felt that she was treated unfairly by our staff.

“We are investigating what happened to find out if the situation could have been handled differently and have passed Ms Strykert’s feedback to our teams.

“We’re sorry that this interaction spoiled Ms Strykert’s journey and have provided a travel voucher as gesture of good will.”  

But this apology only added insult to injury, as Strykert wrote in her post:

"Thank you Jetstar, for slut-shaming me and then offering me this in return," she said. "I'm so disgusted."

She pointed out in the comments of her open letter that AU$50 won't even get her a flight. "It's such a joke," she wrote.

"I was slut-shamed and then offered $50 in return, not an apology," she told Gold Coast Bulletin. "I don't think anybody should be treated that way."

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