Flying is usually somewhat stressful if we’re being honest. No matter how many times you do it, it can still make anyone nervous. She had flown so many times before this happened that the ordeal was nowhere near new to her. All the same, this was the first and only time she had ever been treated this way while on a flight. The one thing she really wanted to do was to get home safely and finally get to see her kids. However, her plans had come to a sudden halt, and she got quite an unpleasant surprise. She couldn’t believe what was happening to her.
The Unpleasant Surprise
When she had made it to her gate, she was so ready to go home at last. However, there was a turn of events she never saw coming. She was denied her flight and forcibly taken off the plane. Why would that happen? It turned out to be something very specific. She didn’t even know what she did was wrong, let alone offensive. She would have never done anything like that on purpose, but it still happened. She was taken off the flight because of her clothing.
Taking A Holiday
At age 31, Harriet Osborne had gotten a much-deserved vacation in Southern Spain. She and her friends had been looking forward to the trips for months in advance. They couldn’t wait to be able to get some sun and relax outside in the fresh air. Harriet made sure she was able to take some time out of her very busy life so she could have some time to unwind and focus on herself. After all, we all need a break sometimes.
Break From Reality
Harriet lived and worked in England. She was a makeup artist and also a mother. This vacation was planned so she could have a little break from the stress of balancing work and raising kids all at the same time. It was such a perfect opportunity to get some sun and rejuvenate while also getting the chance to clear her mind from her everyday stresses. She was dreaming of lounging on the beach for so long, it was amazing it was finally happening.
Harriet had said that she never wore clothing that was too revealing back home. Especially when she was around her children. However, she felt okay with dressing more freely and liberally while she was on vacation. She couldn’t help but feel more spontaneous. It’s only natural to feel like you could let your guard down a little when you’re somewhere new. Even more so when you’re on vacation.
The whole time she spent on vacation, she felt so free. She wore nothing other than a bikini when she walked along the beautiful beaches. She didn’t worry about being judged at all. It was a brand-new feeling to her. Little did she know that by the end of the trip, things would take a turn. She had no idea she would end up being in tears. While she was there, she didn’t have a single care in the world.
Her vacation was absolutely amazing and even better than she could have imagined. All the same, when the time came to go home, she felt ready for it. She was away from her family for a long time and missed them dearly. She couldn’t wait to see her kids as soon as possible now that she was feeling refreshed. Harriet wanted to go back home to England. She had her fun, and it was time to go back to reality.
Harriet loved the time she had on vacation. She was able to get a little sense of freedom somewhere far away from home. She took in all the beautiful sights and beaches in Spain. On top of all that, she got to work on her tan a little and soak up some sun. It was the perfect getaway she so desperately needed. From a hectic day-to-day routine at home to a relaxing beach vacation in Spain, Harriet couldn’t have asked for anything better.
Sea And Sun
A lot of British tourists like to go visit Costa del Sol. It translates to ‘coat of the sun’ and it includes a few towns as well as the City of Malaga. The beach is located in Southern Spain, and it’s easy to see what people are attracted to. The tropical-like paradise truly does live up to its beautiful name. Not to mention, the location isn’t all too far for the British mother to get to, making it the perfect vacation destination for her.
It’s been a very long time since Harriet had gotten the chance to relax at the beach together with her best friends. All the same, she felt like something was missing the entire time she was there. What could it have possibly been? She was having the time of her life on vacation with all her friends. They were hanging out on the beach, spending time in the sun, and relaxing from morning to night.
Far From Home
The vacation spot the group had chosen was perfect as it was pretty much the opposite of England. Since the seasons are opposite in the two locations, Harriet was able to get away from the harsh British winter and instead spent time in the hot sun on the beach. She loved being able to lie underneath the bright blue skies on the white sand. She definitely wouldn’t have been able to do the same had she been back home in the UK.
Their Last Day
Harriet knew their epic vacation would come to an end and they would have to go home to the UK soon enough. She had packed up all her bags and was so excited to finally reunite with her sweet kids. Before she left, however, she decided she would go shopping one last time. She might just find something nice that she had missed the other times she went. After all, this was her last chance before going back home.
Harriet and her friends went out and caught a cab. They headed to Av. De Andalucia – that was where all the best high-end fashion shops were. They were all so blown away by the wide selection of amazing stores that they weren’t sure where to begin. Harriet had no idea that her day would end up being one of the worst ones of her entire life. At that moment, she couldn’t be happier if she tried.
Her First Mistake
The happy group of friends went into El Corte Ingles. That’s where Harriet caught sight of a beautiful shirt that was on display. While the top was sheer and lacy, she couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw its price. Could that really be the amount the black blouse cost? Harriet paused, standing by the gorgeous blouse. She was thinking things through for a moment. Would she buy the shirt?
Deciding that the price of the shirt was too much for her budget, Harriet passed on the blouse sadly. She was undoubtedly feeling disappointed about the whole ordeal. However, one of her friends urged her to at least try on the top. There was no reason not to do so, right? Where was the harm in that? She couldn’t resist by that point. Not to mention, her friend insisted she do so.
Harriet’s friends kept reminding her that they were all on vacation. There was absolutely nothing wrong with trying on a nice blouse, even if it just so happened to be an expensive one. And so, Harriet picked up the shirt and headed toward the changing rooms. For all she knew, the blouse might not even look good on her. In fact, that would make things easier since she wouldn’t feel as bad about not buying it.
Match Made In Heaven
Well, when Harriet put on the shirt, she went to look at herself in the mirror and was absolutely shocked. The top looked absolutely incredible on her! She knew at that moment that she wouldn’t be able to forget about it. And so, she decided to charge it to her card. Little did she know that this brand-new top would cause her a lot of trouble later on. She had no idea she would be in the middle of a controversy.
She Regrets It
Gripping the bag with her new shirt inside, Harriet tried to forget about how much this impulse buy cost her. She and her friends went out to have lunch in Spain for the very last time before they were headed to the airport. Before they went to check out of their hotel, Harriet surveyed the room for one last time. She wanted to make sure she hadn’t forgotten anything or left something behind accidentally.
As she was collecting the last of her things to pack up, she caught sight of the bag containing her new designer top. It was right where she left it: on a chair in the corner. Instantly, she felt nauseated. Why on earth did she end up buying that top? She was starting to really regret her decision. Was she just being irresponsible? Maybe she should have resisted the temptation and not gotten it.
Crossed The Line
Even at that moment, Harriet had no idea that her next steps would lead to one of the worst days of her life. She had absolutely no clue that she had crossed a line when she had paid for that sheer designer top. As they say, our actions have consequences, and in this case, Harriet’s actions led to something much more significant than she could have ever imagined. She didn’t know that her top would cause something bad to happen.
Later on, Harriet paid a high price for her actions. Her impulse buy turned into the one reason she wasn’t able to fly back home that night. We can imagine that Harriet will think twice about her future decisions from this point on. But we still want to know: what exactly happened? What could one shirt have done to cause this mother so much trouble on a flight back home?
A feminist at heart, Harriet truly believed that all women should be free to choose what they wanted to wear. What she happened to be wearing was in no way an invitation for any unwanted attention or catcalls. In any case, why were men always allowed to wear whatever they wanted? Her clothing shouldn’t have the power to cause as much chaos as it did. What was it that it caused?
When Harriet happened to be alone at a party or a club, she would always make sure not to take any risks. She never would have thought that something like this would ever happen to her. All she was doing was shopping with friends but it turned out to be the moment she would get the biggest shock of her life. What started out as an innocent shopping spree ended up being something totally different.
However, Harriet ended up buying the designer top. There was no going back from that point. It wasn’t as if she could return it, she was heading home that same night. Feeling suddenly spontaneous, she grabbed the blouse and slipped it on. She was so impressed by it yet again. She couldn’t help it! It showed off her nice tan so well, she couldn’t believe it. Instantly, her confidence soared.
No Judgement Zone
Seeing as she was on vacation, there was no reason to be self-conscious. She was in a foreign country where she didn’t know anyone. At least, that’s what she had thought. It turned out that the exact opposite happened. Who knew that being in a new country didn’t mean that you could do whatever you wanted to? Harriet was so sure that she would be able to get away with it, but she was wrong.
Ready To Go
Harriet was so confident while wearing her top – she made sure to tape all the places she needed to in order to make sure everything stayed in place. When she arrived at the airport, she checked in her luggage, completely oblivious to what would soon happen. All she wanted to do was board her flight and get home safely. It seemed like everything was going according to plan. That is, until she got on the flight.
While she was waiting to board her flight, Harriet went to the duty-free stores. She wanted to pick up some more presents for her friends and family before heading home at last. Finally, after wandering about for a while, she heard her flight being announced. And so, she made her way to her gate, taking one last look at the airport before she wouldn’t see it for a long time.
Where It Started
Seeing all those families at the airport lounge with their kids made Harriet feel a little bit sad. She couldn’t wait to be with her own husband and children soon. She really missed them by that point. The good thing was that she was about to head home. Or at least, that’s what she thought would happen. Little did she know things would take a turn for the worse sooner rather than later.
Once the flight attendant had checked her passport, she wished Harriet a nice flight while waving the passenger down the tunnel. Harriet kept on walking toward the airplane door, feeling excited about getting to go home. However, that’s when something completely unexpected happened. She made her way to her seat on the plane, completely unaware of what was about to happen to her. What could possibly go wrong at that point?
At the door to the airplane, there was an air hostess standing there. She was greeting the passengers warmly as they boarded the plane. However, when she caught sight of Harriet, her face dropped suddenly. Harriet was so confused. What happened? What had she done wrong? She couldn’t imagine what the problem was. When she and the air hostess looked at each other, Harriet was speechless.
The way the air hostess looked at Harriet shocked her. She couldn’t think of anything she did in order to offend the flight attendant so much. Harriet thought that perhaps the air hostess had mistaken her for someone else. And so, she simply shrugged it off. As she kept walking, she was ready to begin looking for her seat when the same flight attendant stepped into her path. She stopped her from going anywhere.
What Was Wrong?
The very same air hostess then walked towards the other flight attendants who were nearby. That’s when the group began talking in hushed tones. Harriet couldn’t help but wonder what was going on. She started getting nervous as the minutes passed by. What could they have been talking about for such a long time? Maybe it didn’t have anything to do with Harriet at all? She had absolutely no idea.
Lots of things were running through Harriet’s mind while she was trying to figure out what the flight attendants were talking about. That’s when the air hostess who stopped her walked up to her. She told Harriet what the problem was. Finally! But, what was it? As Harriet listened to the words the flight attendant was saying, she felt worse and worse. She couldn’t believe what she was being told.
Harriet had no idea what she had done. Did she do something wrong somehow? She was sure that the flight attendant had simply mistaken her for someone else. Harriet hesitated and simply waited for the air hostess to speak to her. All the same, her heart was already racing. What would happen next? Harriet truly had no idea. She just wanted to get home to her precious family, was that so much to ask for?
“You’re not coming on my plane like that — you need to put a top on,” Harriet suddenly heard the flight attendant say to her. That was when the air hostess attempted to cover Harriet by using her hands. Yes, her top was revealing, but Harriet knew that. In fact, she had made sure to use tape on areas to make sure it would be more modest. She couldn’t understand why this was happening to her.
The flight attendant said to Harriet that she had gotten complaints from the other passengers about her top. They had said it was too inappropriate. Keep in mind that Harriet hadn’t yet boarded the plane at that point. The British mother got very upset about the way the stewardess was speaking to her. She didn’t deserve to be treated this way, no matter what she happened to be wearing at the time.
That’s when Harriet began arguing with the air hostess. She felt utterly humiliated and was in no mood to give in to this sort of thing. She wanted to stand up for herself. After arguing for a few minutes, Harriet realized that the stewardess wasn’t going to back down. At last, Harriet decided she would give in. This wasn’t worth missing her flight over. She could just complain to the airline once she’d get home.
Harriet couldn’t believe what was happening to her. She stood there with her mouth gaping open in shock. She was sure it was just the cabin crew who had the issue. After all, she hadn’t even gotten onto the plane when it all started! It was impossible for her to have offended the other passengers or made them uncomfortable. They hadn’t actually seen her yet. There was no way the passengers had any part in this.
Aside from being annoyed about the entire situation, Harriet felt so humiliated. These people had absolutely no right to tell her what she could or couldn’t wear. However, she was desperate to go home to her family, so she didn’t want to fight about the matter anymore. Instead, she just grabbed a sweater to put on. She had no energy for any more drama. The only thing she really wanted was to get home.
Harriet couldn’t help but feel ashamed and humiliated that she was singled out in public like that. As she made her way to her seat, she knew everyone was staring at her. It was impossible to miss all the glances and stares the passengers threw at her as she got to her seat. This was definitely not the way she wanted her amazing vacation to come to an end. She wanted it to end on a good note.
Harriet kept telling herself that at least she was able to get onto the plane at all. She was trying to comfort herself and feel less self-concious about the whole thing. She would soon forget all about the ordeal. All that really mattered to her then and there was that she was on her way home to her husband and kids. She couldn’t wait to see them all. It’s been a really rough day for the mother.
Seething In Anger
As she was sitting in her seat, Harriet couldn’t help it: she started getting angry. In fact, she was seething. She tried keeping calm as best as she could. She had flown so many times, but this was the first time anything like this had ever happened to her. She had never been treated in such a disrespectful way. Harriet still couldn’t believe that actually happened. Who would do such a thing?
Harriet was indignant. She did her best to keep calm and to stay quiet, but she was finding it very difficult. As soon as she caught sight of the very same air hostess walking by her, she couldn’t help herself. There was too much that she felt needed to be said. She didn’t hold back this time around. Harriet finally got to her own boiling point and decided to allow it to happen. She need to have a say in the matter.
Telling Her Off
That was the moment Harriet raised her voice and told the flight attendant how she felt. She felt mortified and cheapened by what went on. Just like all the other passengers on the plane, Harriet had paid for her ticket. She didn’t understand why she got singled out thanks to her clothing. Not to mention, none of the other staff seemed to have any problems with her clothing the way this stewardess did.
Once again, the crew went and huddled together to have a whispered conversation. This conversation seemed to have a more urgent tone to it. Harriet was starting to feel even more worried. What could the problem have been? She was already covered up with a sweater the way they asked. What they told her next truly blew her away. Things seemed to be going from bad to worse no matter what she did.
Harriet had no idea why the entire crew seemed to have it out for her. If something was really wrong, why didn’t anyone at the airport say anything? It only makes sense that if there was a problem with her outfit, she would be told about it sooner. She was getting so tired of being blamed for all this. At that moment, she watched as the flight crew was talking among themselves and started worrying.
The Last Straw
Finally, after a tense few minutes, the flight crew broke apart from their whispered huddle. One of them came over to Harriet and told her that she had to leave the plane. As you’d expect, she felt even more infuriated as a result. Aside from having to find another way home, the ticket she had spent money on to pay for would be going to waste! How could this be happening?
It Got Worse
As the conversation began to get more and more heated and intense, it got to the point where airport security was called on her. They had shown up to remove Harriet from the plane. There was nothing she could do at that point, she was forced to spend the night at the airport. Her $200 plane ticket had gone to waste. What would she do next? How would she get home?
Later on, the entire story was told on the news. In an interview, Harriet recalled, “I just burst out crying.” That was the moment she had noticed police officers approaching her quickly. They explained to her that the cabin crew said they kicked her out for disruptive behavior. Harriet was shell-shocked. Not only was she absolutely humiliated, but she was also being punished for standing her ground!
That was the point in which the pilot himself got involved in the ordeal. Harriet watched him approach and speak to the head flight attendant for a few moments. As they were speaking, he kept glancing back at Harriet with an unreadable expression on his face. Once the two were done speaking, she was removed from the flight. Harriet felt like everything was turning into a real-life nightmare.
Harriet ended up getting quite lucky at the end of the day. The police officers who approached her listened to her and understood her side of the story. They agreed with her that she shouldn’t have been forced to leave the plane at all. All the same, there was nothing that could be done about the ticket and the money she had spent on it. Essentially, she had just wasted $200.