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Indian airlines blocks woman in short dress from flight

Indian airlines blocks woman in short dress from flight

MUMBAI: A female passenger was prevented from boarding a domestic flight in India because she was showing too much leg, the budget carrier IndiGo and newspaper reports said on Thursday.

The woman travelling from the western city of Mumbai to India’s capital New Delhi was not allowed to board on Monday’s flight because her dress was too short, the Indian Express reported.

An official at IndiGo, who asked not to be named, said that the dress had stopped above the knee, in violation of rules issued to employees and relatives of staff.

The woman was formerly employed by the airline and was travelling on a special ticket because her sister worked for the company, the official said.

“Employees and the nominated family members are required to maintain a specific dress code, as and when they fly with the airline under the staff leisure travel privileges,” read an IndiGo statement.

“Keeping in mind this policy, the Mumbai ground staff followed the protocol to brief this passenger on the dress code policy,” it added.

The Indian national changed her attire and was allowed onto a later flight, the official said, stressing that the dress code was not for ordinary customers.

Published in Dawn, October 30th, 2015

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