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Jetstar passenger says airline’s flight attendant ‘slut-shamed’ her

A passenger who flew Australian low-cost carrier Jetstar last week says one of the airline’s flight attendants tried to “slut-shame” her over her travel attire.

Shoshana Strykert, who later documented her experience on Facebook, posted a picture of the crop top and wide-leg pants she wore on her Feb. 8 flight. 

In an open letter to Jetstar, she recounted that she was trying to relax after visiting her mother in the hospital. Following a flight mix-up, she had to wait five hours to get another flight to Gold Coast, Australia, and ended up on a flight to Brisbane instead (about an hour away by car).

After boarding, she says a flight attendant told her her outfit was inappropriate.

Strykert said the crew member asked her, “Do you see any men walking around with their shirts off?” 

She said the flight attendant then gave her the choice of putting on a T-shirt or covering herself with a blanket.

“Everybody on the plane was looking at me,” Strykert wrote. “I was so embarrassed and shocked. A woman sitting behind me, felt sorry for me so she offered me her jacket.”

She concluded her message, “So thank you Jetstar, for slut shaming me and then offering me this in return,” pointing out a $50 travel voucher mentioned in Jetstar’s reply in hopes it would “restore her faith” in the airline.

Strykert included a copy of the response from Jetstar’s customer care team, which explained that the cabin crew’s list of important on-board responsibilities. The reply stated at times disruptions to the boarding process “put them under additional pressure and they (might not) have the time to provide the level of service we would like.”

The airline stated to Strykert: “You have every right to expect polite, friendly and professional service whenever you fly with us.”

Jetstar told USA TODAY in a statement: “We’ve called Ms. Strykert to better understand the situation and (apologize) if she felt that she was treated unfairly by our staff. We are investigating what happened to find out if the situation could have been handled differently and have passed Ms Strykert’s feedback to our teams. We’re sorry that this interaction spoiled Ms Strykert’s journey and have provided a travel voucher as gesture of good will.” 

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