Dept. of Dress Code
We recently received the below e-mail from a traveler inquiring whether American airlines has a dress code. It read, in part:
"I was flying from Austin to DFW on Monday afternoon on American Airlines, and I saw the gate attendant deny boarding to a woman because he said she was not dressed appropriately and did not meet the AA dress code. She was wearing a spaghetti strap top (the same as you see everywhere, not anything vulgar or revealing) and blue jeans. I heard him tell her that those types of shirts, as well as t-shirts, were not allowed, and that he would not let her board unless she changed. ... I don't know for sure what happened after I boarded, but I never saw her get on the plane. On board, I saw women with spaghetti strap sundresses and several men with t-shirts. What gives? I have looked all over the AA website and can't find any mention of a dress code."
There is a brief reference to the subject on American's Web site in a section of the site called "Acceptance of Passengers." If you "are clothed in a manner that would cause discomfort or offense to other passengers," reads the statement, you may be denied boarding.
Given wording like that, it's no wonder there have been disputes with passengers. What's your take?
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