Teen’s outfit branded ‘too revealing’ to fly to Majorca

Alix Townsend before her holiday to Majorca. The 18-year-old was forced to get changed by a flight desk attendant after her clothing was branded inappropriate

Alix Townsend before her holiday to Majorca. The 18-year-old was forced to get changed by a flight desk attendant after her clothing was branded inappropriate

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A teenager revealed her shock after being asked to change clothes at an airport check-in – after her outfit was thought to be too revealing.

Alix Townsend, 18, of Willowmead Park, Moss Side, said: “I had been queuing at Manchester Airport for a flight with friends.

“As I went forward, the woman behind the counter said ‘you can’t fly like that’. I was distraught – I was so embarrassed.”

Alix, who plans to study Law at university in September, said she was horrified to be told by the Monarch Airlines supervisor to take off her high-cut shorts in front of hundreds of passengers before the Majorca-bound flight.

She claims she was not allowed to go to the toilets to change and was left in tears after being forced to strip at the check-in desk at Manchester Airport.

She added: “I was worried I might not be able to fly if I didn’t get changed, so I got a long kaftan out of my suitcase, put it on and wriggled out of my shorts to swap for longer ones. I was just so upset. I want to highlight the poor standards of customer service.”

A Monarch spokesman denied Alix was told she could not go to the toilets to change, adding: “Miss Townsend was politely asked to change to comply with the airline’s dress policy.

“We do not believe there are grounds for complaint.”