Passenger speaks out over 'slut-shaming' she was subjected to on a flight

Passenger speaks out over 'slut-shaming' she was subjected to on a flight

Earlier this week, a passenger of Jetstar Airways, an Australian airline company, spoke out online about alleged slut-shaming she experienced while aboard one of their flights earlier this month.

Shoshana Strykert had booked a flight in order to see her sick mother in hospital, and was hoping to make the journey with as little stress as possible. Unfortunately, her travel was anything but that, as she not only experienced delays after a "flight mix up", she also faced unnecessary confrontation from a flight attendant who she says tried to tell her that her outfit was "inappropriate" for wearing on a plane.

Strykert complained to Jetstar about the treatment she received, and was granted some compensation by way of apology. Unsatisfied with the excuse the airline gave for their attitude, however, the disgruntled passenger posted a second complaint on Facebook, this time with a picture of the outfit they considered to be so offensive:

Shoshana Strykert Credit: Facebook/Shoshana Strykert

"Dear Jetstar," Strykert began. "I’m Writing a public post to let people know what kind services you are providing."

She then went on to explain exactly what had happened during her flight across Australia.

"So on the 8/02/2019 I was flying to go and visit my mum in hospital. After a flight mix up, I waited 5 hours to get another flight to Gold Coast. Instead I had to settle for a flight to Brisbane.

"When I got onto the plane, tired and stress out. The flight attendant told me that what I was wearing was inappropriate. She then told me 'do you see any men walking around with their shirts off?' And then added 'do you have a T-shirt you can put on or I will give you a blanket.'

"Everybody on the plane was looking at me I was so embarrassed and shocked. A woman sitting behind me, felt sorry for me so she offered me her jacket. So thank you Jetstar, for slut shaming me and then offering me this in return. I’m so disgusted [sic]."

Here is the initial apology letter that Jetstar sent, in which they promised Strykert a $50 AUD voucher for her troubles.

Shoshana Strykert Credit: Facebook/Shoshana Strykert

At no point did the airline acknowledge that they wrongfully slut-shamed a passenger for wearing what was actually a very modest crop top. Instead, they excused their reaction by saying that 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."

Jetstar later spoke to USA Today about what had happened,

"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."

Strykert has not yet responded to Jetstar's follow-up apology.