DJ Soda made headlines all over the globe this week after claiming that she got kicked off from boarding her American Airlines flight. For what reason, you asked? Apparently, the sweatpants she was wearing was too offensive!
As if that wasn’t enough, the Korean EDM artist further claimed that she was forced to take off her pants in front of the cabin crew and airport staff, despite having a broken finger. After wearing her pants inside out, she was eventually allowed back on her flight.
American Airlines has since released a statement in response to DJ Soda (real name Hwang So Hee, 황소희)’s claims. According to a spokesperson for the company, “American Airlines policies prohibit offensive clothing.” In the same statement, they also took the opportunity to explain their side of the story regarding the airport incident.
“During the boarding process for American Airlines Flight 306 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), our team members informed Ms. So Hee of our policies and provided her the opportunity to change out of clothing displaying explicit language. The customer complied with requests and allowed to continue travel, as planned, to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX),” the airline carrier further clarified.
On American Airlines’ Conditions of Carriage, the airline offers very limited guidance about what outfits are deemed suitable for travel. They only stated that passengers must “dress appropriately”, without giving more specific details regarding the policy. It also stated that “bare feet or offensive clothing” are not allowed.
American Airlines also revealed that the Customer Relations team has reached out to DJ Soda to learn more about her recent travel experience. Despite their effort, the DJ has made it clear that she will be boycotting the company.