Woman kicked off flight after being asked about her underwear

Published On: Tuesday November 6, 2012 11:50 AM
By: Sarah Weiss

Malinda Knowles
A woman was asked by airline staff if she is wearing any underwear, according to reports in the news media.

A lawsuit filed by a New York woman claims that a JetBlue employee embarrassed her after she was asked questions about her underwear and was later removed from the flight.

Financial consultant Malinda Knowles, 27, said in Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit, that she was flying to Florida for a business meeting when she was approached by a supervisor of JetBlue, a New York newspaper reported last week.

Knowles, who said her dark denim shorts were hidden by her baggy shirt, said a supervisor placed his walkie-talkie between her legs.
"He said, 'I do not want to see your underwear or anything, but do you have any on?'" Knowles told the news media.

"I did not want to show him anything. He wanted me to basically show him my crotch. I was completely humiliated. It was vulgar. It was rude," she said.

Knowles said she was escorted off the plane and taken to a John F. Kennedy airport hangar, where she showed workers that she was wearing shorts.

She said she returned to the plane but a worker then told her she had to leave because the pilot refused to fly with her on board.
JetBlue declined to comment.