Woman Escorted Off Plane For Allegedly Not Wearing Panties
A New York City woman has filed a lawsuit against JetBlue Airlines after she was kicked off her flight and questioned about whether or not she was wearing panties.
Malinda Knowles, 27, claims that during a pre flight walk through, a JetBlue supervisor put a walkie talkie between her legs to see if she was wearing underpants.
“He said, ‘I don’t want to see your panties or anything but do you have any on?'” Knowles recalled yesterday.“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.”
According to Knowles, she was escorted off the plane and forced to prove that she was wearing shorts under her baggy shirt. After the confirmation, she returned to the plane only to be told the pilot would not fly with her on the plane.
“He said, ‘The captain is refusing to fly you today. We need to remove you from the flight,'” said Knowles.
She was forced to take a later flight which delayed her departure by four hours.
“I really feel like the guy just wanted to demean me in some way,” she said.
Knowles is seeking unspecified damages in the civil suit which accuses the airline worker of assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.