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'That is not a crop top, it's a BRA!' This Morning viewers slam woman, 21, who was almost removed from a Thomas Cook flight for 'inappropriate' clothing - after she wears the SAME outfit on the show

  • Emily O'Connor , 21, from Birmingham, was flying to Tenerife on 2 March 
  • She claims plane staff told her to 'cover up' as her attire was 'inappropriate'
  • Emily appeared on This Morning today wearing same crop top and trousers
  • Many viewers - and guest Liz Brewer - felt the garment was more like a 'bra'   
  • Emily defended her attire, saying a man in shorts and a vest on the same flight wasn't questioned - and that she should be able to wear what she wants in public
  • Brewer said Emily was 'demeaning' herself by wearing the 'bra' to travel 
  • The travel group has apologised but pointed to its 'appropriate attire' policy 

By Jo Tweedy

Published: 07:53 EDT, 14 March 2019 | Updated: 08:21 EDT, 14 March 2019

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A 21-year-old woman who was almost thrown off a holiday flight for dressing 'inappropriately' has divided This Morning viewers, after she was interviewed wearing the same outfit. 

Emily O'Connor , 21, from Birmingham, hit the headlines yesterday after she revealed that she was asked to 'cover up or leave' while boarding the Thomas Cook flight to Tenerife on March 2nd - because she was wearing a black crop top and orange trousers. The airline has since apologised for the incident. 

However, after Emily appeared on This Morning to discuss the ordeal and robustly defend her clothing choice, many viewers took to social media to say the trainee accountant should have covered up.   

Emily O'Connor , 21, from Birmingham, offered her version of events on This Morning today, telling viewers that she should be allowed to wear what she likes in public, saying she chose the crop top because she was 'hot' while boaring her flight to Tenerife
Emily O'Connor , 21, from Birmingham, offered her version of events on This Morning today, telling viewers that she should be allowed to wear what she likes in public, saying she chose the crop top because she was 'hot' while boaring her flight to Tenerife

Emily O'Connor , 21, from Birmingham, offered her version of events on This Morning today, telling viewers that she should be allowed to wear what she likes in public, saying she chose the crop top because she was 'hot' while boaring her flight to Tenerife

'It's the principal!' Emily was flying to Tenerife on 2 March when she claims Thomas Cook staff told her crop top and trousers were 'causing offence' to other passengers (pictured here after landing in Tenerife). The airline has since apologised
'It's the principal!' Emily was flying to Tenerife on 2 March when she claims Thomas Cook staff told her crop top and trousers were 'causing offence' to other passengers (pictured here after landing in Tenerife). The airline has since apologised

'It's the principal!' Emily was flying to Tenerife on 2 March when she claims Thomas Cook staff told her crop top and trousers were 'causing offence' to other passengers (pictured here after landing in Tenerife). The airline has since apologised

The trainee accountant said she had gone through security and passport control and no-one had asked her to cover up...until she got on the plane
The trainee accountant said she had gone through security and passport control and no-one had asked her to cover up...until she got on the plane

The trainee accountant said she had gone through security and passport control and no-one had asked her to cover up...until she got on the plane

Emily, pictured alongside Liz Brewer on This Morning said she was determined not to budge, saying: 'It's the principal. I wasn't wearing a jacket because I was hot'
Emily, pictured alongside Liz Brewer on This Morning said she was determined not to budge, saying: 'It's the principal. I wasn't wearing a jacket because I was hot'

Emily, pictured alongside Liz Brewer on This Morning said she was determined not to budge, saying: 'It's the principal. I wasn't wearing a jacket because I was hot'

Emily said that she wore the same outfit on the journey back from Tenerife to Birmingham (pictured boarding the flight home) and had 'no complaints' from Thomas Cook staff, who she described as 'friendly'
Emily said that she wore the same outfit on the journey back from Tenerife to Birmingham (pictured boarding the flight home) and had 'no complaints' from Thomas Cook staff, who she described as 'friendly'

Emily said that she wore the same outfit on the journey back from Tenerife to Birmingham (pictured boarding the flight home) and had 'no complaints' from Thomas Cook staff, who she described as 'friendly'

Appearing alongside Liz Brewer, who agreed with the airline's initial stance, Emily robustly defended her decision to wear the outfit while boarding the flight with friends and said a poll she'd put online since had seen 85 per cent of 47,000 people agreeing that the airline was wrong to question her outfit. 

She told presenters Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield she was happy with an apology, saying: 'It's the principal. I wasn't wearing a jacket because I was hot. There was a man wearing a vest and shorts a few rows back and no-one was saying anything to him.'  

The trainee accountant revealed that she had gone through security and passport control and no-one had asked her to cover up.  

She explained: 'The first lady [on the plane] said I needed to cover up, that I was dressed inappropriately. I said I was happy to do that but could you show me where it stipulates that in your policy'.

The debate escalated, with Emily revealing she even asked fellow passengers if her attire was offending them and no-one said it was.  

After she was told she would have to leave the plane, Emily eventually put on her jacket but said she was 'shaking and upset'. She added that she wore the same outfit on the journey back to Birmingham, and had 'no complaints'. 

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the travel group apologised but pointed to its 'appropriate attire' policy which appears in its in-flight magazine.

Well done! On social media, Emily was praised by others for 'sticking to her guns' and not letting others dictate what she should wear in public
Well done! On social media, Emily was praised by others for 'sticking to her guns' and not letting others dictate what she should wear in public

Well done! On social media, Emily was praised by others for 'sticking to her guns' and not letting others dictate what she should wear in public

Emily has won support of social media users including reality star Gabby Allen after tweeting about her ordeal this week
Emily has won support of social media users including reality star Gabby Allen after tweeting about her ordeal this week

 Emily has won support of social media users including reality star Gabby Allen after tweeting about her ordeal this week

On the daytime show, Liz Brewer told Holly and Phil that the outfit was 'demeaning' and wearing it was 'undoing the good work woman had done for decades'.  

Brewer was also adamant that the crop top, from Zara,  was actually a 'bra' and on Twitter, many agreed.

@MichpixLondon wrote: '#ThisMorning that's not a bra silly woman!!! There's nothing wrong with that outfit and good for her for sticking to her guns!' 

@Shannon_Leech agreed, saying: 'That is NOT a crop top!! What she is wearing is a BRALETTE i.e A BRA! You wouldn't be happy if a bloke was sat on a flight with just his boxers on!' 

According to Thomas Cook's clothing policy, which appears in the travel group's in-flight magazine, 'customers wearing inappropriate attire (including items with offensive slogans or images) will not be permitted to travel unless a change of clothes is possible.' 

Other This Morning viewers praised her for taking a stand. @jackjuniper wrote: 'She wouldn’t have seen the terms and conditions in the in flight magazine before she’d have got on the plane! Completely agree with Emily! #thismorning'

Thomas Cook's clothing policy

Emily (far left) enjoying dinner with her friends in the Canary Island holiday destination earlier this month. She said she was told Thomas Cook were conducting a 'formal investigation'
Emily (far left) enjoying dinner with her friends in the Canary Island holiday destination earlier this month. She said she was told Thomas Cook were conducting a 'formal investigation'

Emily (far left) enjoying dinner with her friends in the Canary Island holiday destination earlier this month. She said she was told Thomas Cook were conducting a 'formal investigation' 

Emily (second left) on a night out with friends. She jetted to Tenerife earlier this month but claims she was left 'physically shaking' after staff told her to 'cover up' her outfit
Emily (second left) on a night out with friends. She jetted to Tenerife earlier this month but claims she was left 'physically shaking' after staff told her to 'cover up' her outfit

Emily (second left) on a night out with friends. She jetted to Tenerife earlier this month but claims she was left 'physically shaking' after staff told her to 'cover up' her outfit

Emily, who says she was wearing a 'summer top' from Zara, has won support of social media users including reality star Gabby Allen after tweeting about her ordeal this week
Emily, who says she was wearing a 'summer top' from Zara, has won support of social media users including reality star Gabby Allen after tweeting about her ordeal this week

Emily, who says she was wearing a 'summer top' from Zara, has won support of social media users including reality star Gabby Allen after tweeting about her ordeal this week

Speaking about her ordeal yesterday, Emily said: 'Flying from [Birmingham] to Tenerife, Thomas Cook told me that they were going to remove me from the flight if I didn't "cover up" as I was "causing offence" and was "inappropriate".

'They had four flight staff around me to get my luggage to take me off the plane. 

'I informed the staff that there is no "appropriate wear" policy stipulated online. I stood up on the flight and asked if anyone was offended, no-one said a word.

'To top it off they allowed a man [to] hurl abuse at me whilst the flight manager and four air staff stood and said nothing.'

She added: 'I wore this through the airport [security, passport control etc], boarded the plane, [was] told to cover up by the greeting staff.

'I was physically shaking, and they could see that, yet they continued to sexualise me and ridicule me. It was the worst experience of my life.' 

Responding to her initial tweet, Love Island star Gabby Allen wrote: 'It's safe to say, I will never fly with Thomas Cook again.' 

Speaking to MailOnline about her ordeal, Emily said: 'They said they would investigate but [I have] heard nothing back really. 

'I contacted them this morning where they said they are doing a formal investigation into the flight staff.' 

Emily (pictured in a recent Twitter photo) said she was left shaken by the incident. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the travel group pointed to its 'appropriate attire' policy
Emily (pictured in a recent Twitter photo) said she was left shaken by the incident. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the travel group pointed to its 'appropriate attire' policy

Emily (pictured in a recent Twitter photo) said she was left shaken by the incident. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the travel group pointed to its 'appropriate attire' policy

Emily (pictured in a social media snap) has won support of social media users including reality star Gabby Allen after tweeting about the incident this week
Emily (pictured in a social media snap) has won support of social media users including reality star Gabby Allen after tweeting about the incident this week

Emily (pictured in a social media snap) has won support of social media users including reality star Gabby Allen after tweeting about the incident this week

Twitter users have rushed to support Emily after she tweeted about her ordeal, with Love Island star Gabby Allen declaring she will 'never fly with Thomas Cook again'
Twitter users have rushed to support Emily after she tweeted about her ordeal, with Love Island star Gabby Allen declaring she will 'never fly with Thomas Cook again'

Twitter users have rushed to support Emily after she tweeted about her ordeal, with Love Island star Gabby Allen declaring she will 'never fly with Thomas Cook again'

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