Florida woman claims she was kicked off flight for showing cleavage

Airline says behavior led to removal

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A South Florida woman claims she was kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight from New Orleans to Fort Lauderdale because of the way she was dressed.

"It's not even about money. I was really embarrassed," the woman, who didn’t want to be named, said in a telephone interview with News 6 partner WPLG-TV.

At least two passengers took to Facebook after the incident and posted that the flight attendants told the woman "her bosom was too exposed."

Another passenger, who didn't know the woman, was also removed from that flight Sunday after she stepped in to defend the woman.

Spirit claims a flight attendant made the suggestion to cover up, but that's not why the woman was told to leave.

"Nobody was taken off a plane because of cleavage," Spirit spokesman Paul Berry said. "People are taken off of planes because of their behavior."

Berry said the woman was intoxicated and a flight attendant spoke to her about it. 

"The flight attendant made that decision, and as she was leaving, she said, 'By the way, you might want to cover up.' It was more of a personal statement to her," Berry said.

Donna Prieto said her daughter was "humiliated" on the flight.

She and some witnesses said the woman used a large coat to cover up, cried and then some passengers started to complain.

The woman, friend and another passenger were later asked to leave the plane. The woman was rebooked on another. Berry said Spirit plans on getting in touch with her.

I am leaving this up as I posted it originally it was for 'friend's only' I apologize for the reference to Nuns and...

Posted by Cathy Supp on Monday, January 30, 2017

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Andrew Perez is a South Florida native who joined the Local 10 News team in May 2014.