A popular DJ has vowed to boycott American Airlines after she claims she was kicked off a flight and “harassed” into taking her track pants off in public.
DJ Soda, from South Korea, says she had just boarded the plane travelling from New York to Los Angeles when members of the flight crew told her that her pants were “inappropriate” and “offensive”.
“I was forced out of the plane and was harassed to take off my pants in front of the flight crews at the gate,” the 36-year-old wrote on Instagram and Twitter.
“I have never had an issue with wearing this pair of pants before in my many months of touring in North America and they did not have any problem with me wearing it at the time of check-in nor when I sat down at my seat.”
Dj Soda, whose real name is Hwang So-hee, told her 4.4 million combined followers that she was wearing “f*** you” sweatpants by a sponsor of hers.
She can be seen wearing the black pants featuring the words “f***” and “f***in” all over them in a clip of her and someone who appears to be her manager speaking to the flight captain.
American Airlines 'ordered DJ to leave plane'
The DJ said she had been “gladly welcomed” by flight crew at the gate and as she stepped on the plane.
“I was enjoying my welcome drink in business class when a staff [sic] suddenly approached me to pack up my belongings and leave the plane without any kind of explanation,” she said.
“As I was escorted off the plane, they claimed that my sweatpants were ‘inappropriate’ and ‘offensive’ telling me that I need to take the next flight.”
— djsoda (@dj_soda_) April 26, 2022
The 36-year-old said she had an important meeting in Los Angeles later the same day and couldn’t afford to miss it.
“I pleaded to stay on the flight but was ignored by the staff and the flight attendants. I even offered to get changed but the request was denied,” she said, adding that “what happened next was horrendous”.
DJ says she was forced to strip
DJ Soda claims she ended up taking off her pants “in front of the whole crew” and stood there “half-naked”, but they “still refused” to let her back on the flight.
“They even sarcastically commented that I could have taken off my pants earlier,” she said.
“When they finally let me enter, I put my pants inside out and finally sat down after an hour of delay causing inconvenience to the members of the flight on board.”
The 36-year-old said she was “mortified and trembling in fear” during the entire six-hour journey to California.
“In my eight years of touring, I have never experienced or been treated unfairly, especially in a country that is known for its freedom of speech and individuality.
“From now on, I will be boycotting American Airlines and hope this NEVER happens to anyone ever again.”
A spokesperson for American Airlines told Yahoo News Australia the company's “policies prohibit offensive clothing”.
“During the boarding process for American Airlines Flight 306 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), our team members informed Ms So-hee of our policies and provided her the opportunity to change out of clothing displaying explicit language.
“The customer complied with requests and was allowed to continue travel, as planned, to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).”
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