Woman Sues Airline Over Her Panties
NEW YORK, N.Y. –“Short shorts”—A New York Woman suing JetBlue Airlines claims she was embarrassed by an employee who asked her about her panties and was later removed from the flight.
In her lawsuit, Malinda Knowles, 27, says during her July 13, 2010 trip to Florida for business she was approached by a JetBlue supervisor, The New York Post reported Friday.
Knowles, who was wearing a baggy T-shirt which concealed her denim shorts, said the JetBlue supervisor placed the antenna of his walkie-talkie between her legs.
"He said, 'I don't want to see your panties or anything, but do you have any on?'" Knowles said.
"I didn't want to show him anything. He wanted me to basically show him my crotch. I was completely humiliated. It was vulgar. It was macho. It was rude," she said.
After refusing to show the male supervisor her shorts, Knowles was escorted off the plane and taken to a hanger at John F. Kennedy Airport where she was forced to show employees she was in fact wearing shorts underneath her baggy T-shirt.
"'Oh, she's wearing shorts,'" the JetBlue employees responded, according to Knowles.
"It was really crazy," she said. "I've never had a corporate employee ask me about my underwear."
Knowles says once she was returned to the plane another employee approached her and asked her to exit the plane because the pilot refused to fly with her aboard.
Her lawyer, Brian Dratch, is seeking unspecified damages in the civil claim that accuses the airline worker of assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
"This caused the plaintiff great embarrassment and humiliation to be expelled from the flight for no reason at all in front of a fully booked flight," Dratch said in the suit.
A JetBlue spokeswoman declined to comment.