A lady who claims she was booted from a plane because her “stomach was showing” says she was really discriminated towards for being a “fat, tattooed, mixed-race woman.”
Fairbanks resident Ray Lin Howard, 33, alleges she was harassed by Alaska Airlines staffers Friday. In flip, she did what individuals do today to state her case: She took to the TikTok streaming platform to put up a now-viral video.
Originally shared via her “Fat Trophy Wife” account on Friday, the clip has since racked up 1.3 million views and greater than 180,000 likes as of Monday morning.
In the footage, Howard may be seen getting escorted off of a flight by cops who proceed to mildly interrogate her concerning the incident. She alleges that it began when Alaska Airlines employees “harassed” her about her attire, which consisted of a midriff-bearing prime and biker shorts.
“I was harassed about my outfit — [so] I put my shirt back on,” Howard is heard explaining within the video. “They asked me to put my shirt back on. [So,] I put my shirt back on, and then they approached me again, saying that I can’t wear this, my stomach is showing — and it’s inappropriate.”
Howard then explains to the officer she was initially sporting a sports activities bra (helpfully flashing him to show it) when was requested by a flight attendant to cover up, which she ultimately did with a pink leopard-print sweatshirt — however apparently that didn’t do the trick.
“Then they approached me again, saying I can’t wear this, my stomach is showing, and it’s inappropriate,” Howard mentioned. Cops had been reportedly known as when Howard was approached for the third time and instructed the airline crew: “If you’re going to kick me off, kick me off. I’ve done what you asked me to do, I want you to leave me alone.”
The salon employee and fledgling recording artist may be heard requesting the officer let her go as she is because of carry out at a present. The officer seems to acknowledge that Fairbanks doesn’t appear to have dedicated any offenses.
“I felt like I was being discriminated against for being a fat, tattooed, mixed-race woman, which in turn left me full of emotions like anger, disappointment, helplessness, humiliation and confusion,” Howard instructed Jam Press.
In a follow-up video, Howard fashions the outfit she wore on the flight. She additionally shared an Instagram remark — allegedly from a supporter who claims they had been on the identical flight — claiming “the only voice I heard raised at all was the flight attendant.”
When reached by The Post for remark, representatives for Alaska Airlines mentioned, “We’re in contact with the guest. We’re committed to finding out what happened and taking the appropriate actions. It’s our goal to provide caring service to all of our guests. When we don’t live up to that goal, we do everything we can to make it right.”
Meanwhile, Howard has loads extra to say, too.
“Throughout my life as a fat person, I’ve had to deal with fatphobia, especially growing up in the Midwest — but not to this degree,” she mentioned.
Howard mentioned she was ultimately launched — and made it to her stay gig — and claimed the airline later known as her to apologize, offereing her a reduction code for future purchases, which she declared “hilarious” in one in every of her follow-up TikTok clips.
BTW: She isn’t the one frequent flyer who’s taken to TikTok to name out Alaska Airlines dress codes as of late.
On July 31, TikToker Sierra Steadman accused the identical airline employees of allegedly “slut-shaming” her and threatened to eject her from the plane for additionally sporting a crop prime and shorts.
Steadman posted a video to her @sierrasteadman account of her crying aboard the plane, captioning the clip: “I’ve never felt more degraded, ashamed, embarrassed, angry or sad. F ALASKA AIRLINES!!!!!!!”
The video has now been considered 14.8 million occasions and racked up 3.4 million likes.
After Howard’s expertise, Sierra made a TikTok video supporting the singer and mentioned: “This shouldn’t be taking place quite a few quantities of occasions.
“It should not even be happening once.”