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Florida woman says she was thrown off Spirit flight for cleavage

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 02-02-2017 Jessica Schladebeck

A Spirit Airlines passenger aircraft takes off from LaGuardia Airport. © Robert Alexander/Getty Images A Spirit Airlines passenger aircraft takes off from LaGuardia Airport. A South Florida woman claimed she was booted from a Spirit Airlines flight from New Orleans to Fort Lauderdale because of her cleavage-baring blouse.

“It’s not even about money,” the unidentified 21-year-old told Local 10 News. “I was really embarrassed.”

But airline staff said she wasn’t removed from her flight because of her wardrobe, but rather because she was drunk and bothering other passengers.

“Nobody was taken off a plane because of cleavage,” Spirit spokesman Paul Berry told the news station. “People are taken off planes because of their behavior.”

He said the flight attendant, while she was addressing the woman's alleged intoxication, did mention her blouse, but more in passing.

“The flight attendant made that decision, and as she was leaving, she said, ‘By the way, you might want to cover up,'” Berry said. “It was more of a personal statement to her.”

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Regardless, the comments made the woman cry and she attempted to cover up with a large coat before she, her traveling companion and a stranger, Cathy Supp were all removed from the flight.

At least two passengers, including Supp, took to Facebook and said the woman was approached by several attendants, all of whom said “her bosom was too exposed.”

Cathy Supp, who claimed she was ejected from her flight “for offering a tissue to a quietly sobbing young lady,” said she was only trying to defend the woman from an increasingly hostile airlines staff.

“She tried to pull her top up further to cover more, each time another flight attendant came with the same issue,” she wrote on Facebook, “telling her in loud and rude tones that she’ll have to leave the plane if she can’t get them covered.”

The woman, her traveling companion and Supp were all, in the end,  asked to leave the plane.  Supp said she slept in the airport that night.

“I was protecting the meek,” she wrote.

Another Spirit passenger, Bob Kowaleski wrote that staff “embarrassed the young girl and she didn’t appear any more out of bounds than anyone else on flight.”

He added they’d been treating her like a “street walker,” but Kowaleski said he “saw no potential problem with her.”

The airline insisted they’d received a string of complaints about the crying girl, but Supp insists that wasn’t the case.

“Granted, she was well-endowed and wearing a low cut top,” Supp wrote. “They claimed they had complaints — there were no nuns [or] Muslims on board and no could see her in the center seat unless they tried.”

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