Burlesque dancer told she couldn’t board flight because ‘shorts too short’

SEATTLE (KING) — A Seattle-based burlesque dancer says she was attempting to board a flight in Boston when she was told she couldn’t because her shorts were too short.

Earlier this month was a not-so-friendly experience for Maggie McMuffin. “A few minutes before boarding was set to start the gate lady approached me and said there was a problem and that what I was wearing was not appropriate,” she explains.

McMuffin is a burlesque performer who was returning from a show on the east coast on May 18. She took a JetBlue flight from New York to Boston earlier in the day with no problems. But during the second leg of her trip from Boston to Seattle she says the crew at the gate told her the black and white stripped shorts she was wearing were too short to board the plane and they asked her to change.

“I informed them that I didn’t have anything else. I had two small carry-ons with me and they suggested that I go buy something,” McMuffin said.

It was that or be booked on another flight, they told her, so McMuffin ran to a shop in the airport terminal and bought a pair of extra-large pajama bottoms for $22.

“I put them on and boarded but no one spoke to me. No one was like thank you for complying,” she said.

In a statement from JetBlue, a spokesman said in part: “The gate and on-board crew discussed the customer’s clothing and determined the burlesque shorts may offend other families on the flight.”

He also said, “JetBlue supports the crew member’s discretion to make these difficult decisions.”

But after this incident, McMuffin says she’ll choose a different airline. “Everything was covered. I was not breaking any laws.”

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