July 23, 2011- A woman from New York filed suit against the airline JetBlue for allegedly demanding to see if she was wearing anything beneath her baggy t-shirt. Malinda Knowles filed suit naming the airline and a male supervisor both as defendants. On the completely booked flight the male supervisor confronted her and demanded she reveal if she had on shorts.
In a statement she stated the supervisor said: “I am not interested in seeing your panties or anything like that, but do you have some on?” Brian Dratch, her lawyer, said she was then asked to leave her seat by police and taken to a separate area where she revealed she did in fact have shorts on.
Apparently she returned to her seat but the pilot insisted she leave the plane and she was then escorted off the plane. She also named the pilot in the lawsuit as a defendant. The lawsuit said, “it caused her humiliation and great embarrassment being thrown off the flight for no justifiable reason…”
She did not report the incident to JetBlue but her lawyer says Knowles did approach him about the incident in the days that followed. Dratch handles for the most part personal injury cases and has not determined the monetary amount for damages they want to seek.