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Airlines Back at It Again in Regulating Women's ‘Inappropriate’ Outfits

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What is proper airplane attire?

Any answer (besides maybe "sweatpants") seems silly, considering flying on a plane shouldn't require a strict dress code. But hey, a plane is as good a place as any to regulate women's attire, right?

The latest incident involves Maggie McMuffin, a burlesque performer based in Seattle who made headlines this week after JetBlue barred her from boarding a plane in Boston due to her shorts.

"[The gate lead] told me that she was really sorry for bringing this up but just what I was wearing was not appropriate," McMuffin told local news channel KIRO 7 News, "and the flight crew had discussed it and the pilot had decided that I needed to put something else on or I would not be allowed to board the flight."

She didn't have anything else in her bags, she said, so she had to go back to the terminal and buy large pajama bottoms to cover up.

Absurd? McMuffin's hardly the first — actually, she seems like the zillionth — woman who's been subject to the arbitrary unofficial dress codes of airlines.

In 2007, a woman was told her outfit was "too provocative to fly" on a Southwest flight. In 2012, the same airline reportedly told a woman to cover up her cleavage. And in 2015, an Indian woman reported similar treatment when flying to Delhi, when flying on a "friends and family" ticket that reportedly required following the dress code of the airline employees.

Meanwhile, this dude in "short shorts and a halter top" flew American Airlines no problem back in 2010, a potential bit of hypocrisy pointed out by the likes of CNN.

To which many women are likely thinking: WTF. We've seen questionably sexist double standards influence dress codes for girls in schools (often to students' — and parents' — dismay), as well as women's clothing guidelines in the workplace. On an airplane, it's even harder to justify.

JetBlue has since apologized, said McMuffin. But hey, it's summer — there are likely more female sartorial crackdowns to be had, from offices to airplanes.