Southwest Airlines Fashion Police Attempt to Boot Hooters Waitress off Plane … You Are Still a Service Industry


WTF … I’m too sexy for your plane???

Hey Southwest … do you remember what made you a popular airline? It was your low Southwest_Hootersfares, laid back attitude and friendliness. Something that many have forgotten in the airline industry. Who knew Southwest had fashion Nazis? Such was the case when Mesa College student and Hooters waitress, Kyla Ebbert, was asked to get off a Southwest flight for inappropriate clothing. Who actually thinks that Kyla is inappropriately dressed? Keep in mind the temperature was between 100–107. Wake up Southwest … you are a service industry.

Ebbert, a Mesa College student and Hooters waitress, was allowed to stay on the plane, but only after she put up a fight and, she says, was lectured on how to dress properly.

I don’t know about you, but one of my big gripes with the airlines is that they just don’t take the time to dispense fashion advice any more.

Southwest explained its treatment of Ebbert in a letter to her mother, saying it could remove any passenger “whose clothing is lewd, obscene or patently offensive” to ensure the comfort of children and “adults with heightened sensitivities.”

Ebbert, 23, says she was judged unfairly by the airline and humiliated by the experience. Who wouldn’t be? (Sign on San Diego)

Hey Southwest, just remember this little tid bit … Its the passengers choice to use any airline they want. Frankly, with your un-apologetic attitude, its going to be quite some time before I ever use yours.

With all the issues that the air plane industry has these days, who knew fashion was at the top of the list. One would think that with security issues being at the forefront of plane flights that if one wore less that would be considered a good thing. Instead, the fashion police at Southwest had to flex their petty muscles and make an issue where there was none. Maybe Keith need to get a clue, or a date! Why don’t the flight attendents on Southwest mind their business and do their job, like making sure the passengers get peanuts or chips.

After the plane filled, and the flight attendants began their safety spiel, Ebbert was asked to step off the plane by a customer service supervisor, identified by the airline only as “Keith.”

They walked out onto the jet bridge, where Keith told Ebbert her clothing was inappropriate and asked her to change. She explained she was flying to Tucson for only a few hours and had brought no luggage.
“I asked him what part of my outfit was offensive,” she said. “The shirt? The skirt? And he said, ‘The whole thing.’ ”

Posted September 8, 2007 by
Bizarre, Travel, WTF | 21 comments

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    21 Responses to “Southwest Airlines Fashion Police Attempt to Boot Hooters Waitress off Plane … You Are Still a Service Industry”

    1. Sandy on September 8th, 2007 10:09 pm

      At least she looks clean and probably smells good.
      I just got back from a vacation out west and had to sit next to one of the smelliest people around. This guy had not seen a toothbrush in months and was in dire need of a bath. Which would I rather sit by? The Hooters Waitress for sure! If South West wants to boot someone off the plane, make sure it is the ones that reek of body oder or are so obese that they take up their seat and mine both.
      If you are gonna get picky….then pick on the appropriate people!

    2. Airline Reviews on September 8th, 2007 10:29 pm

      I’m curious as who decided that her attire was inappropriate. If I owned an airline, I would happy to have someone that looked like her on my planes. I could understand if she was 500 pounds, and if she was then she could sue for weight discrimination. I’m sure that had some envious flight attendants.

    3. LilPuma on September 9th, 2007 9:27 am

      “I don’t know about you, but one of my big gripes with the airlines is that they just don’t take the time to dispense fashion advice any more. ”

      I needed an early morning giggle. Thanks. :-)

    4. buster on September 9th, 2007 9:30 am

      If it where me in that position I would of promptly removed the offensive clothing and really give them something to stare at

    5. nurturer on September 9th, 2007 10:09 am

      Sounds like a case of stewardess . . . oh excuse me . . . flight attendant, envy to me.

    6. sjl on September 9th, 2007 10:32 am

      I am in my 50′s and really do think I am fairly liberal, but I am offended when someone has not enough ‘coverage’. I think letting it all hang out is appropriate for her job, but when out in public she could wear more. The other people on the flight were coming from the same area and they didn’t get asked to leave, so apparently they had more clothing on, even if it was hot out.
      Sometimes people who look really good decide it you got it flaunt it, but don’t think about what they are doing. They don’t know what others are thinking. If you dress like that you are wanting people to think you are sexy. That’s why the ladies dress that way to work at Hooter’s yes???
      We get concerned about missing young women, and if some sick-o saw her and decided to follow her, etc. Then it would be all over this site in a different manner.
      One of the things that struck me in the disappearance of the girl from the Target parking lot, was the way she was dressed. She looked great which very likely had something to do with her being picked out by a predator. Short shorts, heeled sandals, a tight top. It’s not a good idea to go out alone like that.
      Of course she was an innocent victim, but young beautiful women need to be aware, and to ‘think’ about safety.
      When I was in my early 20′s I learned the hard way. I was ‘lookin’ good’ and a guy hopped into my car in a parking lot and held a gun to my head. I was lucky to get out of that situation unharmed. But I learned something. sadly.. in this world you need to be careful.
      Sometimes we need to educate people for their own safety and also for the comfort of others. Obviously the way this lady was dressed made others uncomfortable.


    7. Scared Monkeys on September 9th, 2007 11:14 am


      This woman was hardly wearing “not enough” clothing. I have seen people in corporate America dressed this way. I have also seen girls on planes wearing mid-drifts and bikini tops when flying to FL or Caribbean destinations.

      Please keep in mind it was 107 degrees.

      Here is the deal. If this person was allowed to pass thru security … pass thru boarding on to the plane … WHO IN THE HELL IS A FLIGHT ATTENDANT TO TELL HER TO GET OFF!!!

      If Southwest had such an issue they should have made this girl aware far before she got on to the plane. Technically, one is never to get off a plane once they have gotten on. FAA rules.

    8. sjl on September 9th, 2007 11:22 am

      Yah I knew I would get blasted for my opinion.
      It’s just my opinion. But then I had a bad experience and I also work with girls that age and see what they wear sometimes and it is scary to see they don’t realize the impact of the way they look.

    9. Melissa on September 9th, 2007 11:45 am

      I am not even going there on this one. Have a great day monkeys!!!

    10. imogene on September 9th, 2007 2:02 pm


      You are incorrect about ‘FAA rules’ A passenger has the right to disembark an aircraft at anytime prior to take-off roll. Although not wise, a passenger, once the plane has backed off the gate, and until takeoff can ask to disembark the aircraft.

      By FAA rules, the PIC (Pilot in Command) has the authority, obligation and ability to deny boarding (or to remove) any passenger for any reason. Usually, the PIC will back the FAs in their judgement to disembark a passenger against the passenger’s will.

      Despite the fact I beleive her removal was overkill on the part of Southwest (and wrong), it was within the airline’s ability to do so.

    11. bc on September 10th, 2007 9:30 am

      Not to be too crude, but every picture I see of her has her legs crossed. Maybe it’s her underwear or lack of it? There is some point in air travel where she’d either have to stretch or bend and with that outfit there might not be enough room to do either.

    12. nurturer on September 10th, 2007 10:10 am

      Looks like enough room to me.

    13. Dutch citizen on September 10th, 2007 1:34 pm

      Did she not have any knickers on or what?!

    14. jojo on September 10th, 2007 6:04 pm

      The skirt was way to short. When she was on the Today show and she stood up to show her outfit, there wasn’t much left to the imagination. When they re ran that interview the next hour, they cut that section out completely. After seeing that, I know why they originally asked her to change. The skirt didn’t cover her up when she moves.

    15. Mike on September 11th, 2007 8:17 am

      I also noticed during the interview that she had pulled the skirt lower “notice where the snap was on the skirt…it was below her privates” and then pulled the tank top down to cover her abdomen area….something tells me this wasn’t how she was wearing that outfit that day. Also has any of the other passengers come to her defense? If not that speaks volumes to me.

    16. eh? on September 11th, 2007 3:15 pm

      Eh? Who cares, she’s a BUTTER FACE. I doubt it was a jealously thing…

    17. Joey on September 12th, 2007 9:09 am

      Notice how the “real thinkers” in this crowd defend her using the 107 degree plus weather excuse? Using that excuse would entitle her not to wear anything. Let’s see, is your IQ equal to her skirt length, or her bra size?

    18. Southwest Airline Apologizes to Kyla Ebbert who They Told to Cover Up … Airline looks to Exploit Story … Announces ‘Skimpy’ Fare Sale | Scared Monkeys on September 15th, 2007 3:39 pm

      [...] lost their game of chicken with 23 year old Hooter waitress and Mesa College student Kyla Ebbert. Southwest Airlines and their fashion police first tried to boot Miss Ebbert from their plane for being inappropriately dress and then claimed [...]

    19. SheCooks on September 18th, 2007 9:38 pm

      Alright Sacred Monkeys,

      Here’s the real deal: Initially, she did NOT look like that (the picture you posted) on the flight. That is what she looked like AFTER she agreed to adjust her outfit. The neckline of her shirt was pulled way down to expose maximum cleavage and the skirt (which is about as wide as a large belt)was hiked so high, her unmentionables were in view. SWA took the highest road possible and comporomised with this girl. She claimed she was embarrased because someone called attention to what she did. Is she kidding??!! What she did was specifically intended to draw attention. This was also not the first time she’d been spoken to about her apparel on an SWA flight. I smell a no-good law-suit seeking gold digger. You called SWA’s attitude unapologetic. That’s not accurate. They issued an official opology to her after the incident. I, however would not be apologetic. I don’t want my young son to be exposed (up close and personal) to a woman’s reproductive system just because we happen to sit next to the wrong person on a plane. I applaud SWA for asking her to cover up.

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    21. Erica on March 6th, 2008 3:10 pm

      Definitely some jealous people there!!! This is sad!

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