Dr. Tisha Rowe stated that she told the flight attendant: "If I were a white woman, you would have not asked me to get off the plane."
A doctor was embarrassingly put in the spotlight by American Airlines because her outfit was considered 'inappropriate'. Dr. Tisha Rowe was made to alight, for a brief period, an American Airlines flight by an attendant who said they needed to speak to her off the plane.
Here is what i was wearing when @AmericanAir asked me to deplane for a talk. At which point I was asked to “cover up”. When defending my outfit I was threatened with not getting back on the flight unless I walked down the aisle wrapped in a blanket. #notsofriendlyskies pic.twitter.com/AYQNNriLcq— Tisha Rowe MD, MBA (@tisharowemd) July 1, 2019
American Airlines accused of humiliating doctor over her summer outfit – Business Insider pic.twitter.com/Vm57VYlHps— Mercedes Moss (@mercedescoleen) July 9, 2019
Speaking to news sites, the 37-year-old family physician from Texas said that she and her young son were flying from Kingston, Jamaica, to Miami on June 30. As per her Tweet, a flight attendant on the American Airlines flight she had already boarded asked her to deplane 'for a talk'.
Mom accuses American Airlines of RACISM after staff removed her from flight because they felt her romper was too short https://t.co/Zpqdpsq9EB— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) July 9, 2019
According to an interview by Buzzfeed, Rowe was escorted outside the aircraft when she was asked if she had a jacket. Confused by the question, Rowe answered: "No I don't". The flight attendant then allegedly continued to question the doctor and then went on to tell Rowe that she couldn't board the flight because the romper she had on was 'too revealing'.
To add injury to the insult, the flight attendant handed Rowe a blanket which the doctor used to cover up her waist. She then returned to her seat feeling "humiliated". When Rowe landed, she posted about the incident on her social media accounts along with pictures of what she was wearing.
Another physician here demanding you apologize for the way you hypersexualized and policed an African American woman’s body and traumatized her son. #womenarenotyourproperty— Elizabeth DeLuca, MD (@LizFromMedicine) July 2, 2019
I see white girls with their who ha hanging out on flights to Vegas hammered all the time nothing!— shea (@loveincocoshea) July 2, 2019
Many people who read about the American Airlines incident said that Rowe was being policed for her curves. Others plainly stated that it was a case of discrimination, pointing out the fact that if someone else had worn the outfit and it hung loosely off them, they wouldn't be made to get off the American Airlines flight.
Her outfit isn't their issue. Her body is. Here is the same outfit on someone built like a pencil. I highly doubt she would be removed from a flight. pic.twitter.com/bcUteClJDG— Ginger (@YummyGingerSnap) July 9, 2019
It's hot, the heck she is supposed to wear a nun dress— Quiana Brown (@QuianaB77014161) July 9, 2019
Rowe told Buzzfeed that she also felt like it was discrimination as there were other passengers who were dressed in similar outfits. The doctor stated that she told the flight attendant: "If I were a white woman, you would have not asked me to get off the plane."
So #Blacktwitter #cancelAmericanAirlines I cancelled them 4 years ago because they are the LEAST family friendly airlines I encountered traveling with my daughter! So sorry this happened to a beautiful single mother and pillar in our medical community. #BlackTwitterMovement— Dr. KaNisha (@DrKanisha) July 1, 2019
American Airlines released a statement about the incident, stating that they have tried to reach out to Rowe so that they can 'personally apologize' to her and her son for the experience. "We want to personally apologize to Dr. Rowe and her son for their experience, and have fully refunded their travel. We are proud to serve customers of all backgrounds and are committed to providing a positive, safe travel experience for everyone who flies with us," says the statement.
Policing women’s clothing is absolutely out of pocket! I will not be purchasing/flying @Americanair until @tisharownd receives apology+full refund. Whether going on vacation or any other context of minding her own business, this MD/MBA doesn’t need your help getting dressed.— Dr. Wendi Williams (@drwendiwilliams) July 1, 2019
WHAT!? You look fine! Since when is there a dress code for flying??— Ashley D. (@MsAshleyDevonna) July 1, 2019