Southwest Airlines hits the news again, but this time not over a "dress code," but instead over "beauty discrimination." University of South Florida student Nisreen Swedberg and friend Sarah Williams, both 18, made this claim about a flight they took on - of all days - Valentine's Day.
The flight was from Tampa Bay to Los Angeles. Swedberg said they were treated unfairly from the moment they entered the plane.
She also said she asked a flight attendant for a bottle of water and was told she had to wait until the rest of the flight was served. "And I patiently waited and then when they came around with water, they skipped me," Swedberg said.
Later, Williams exchanged profanities with another passenger over the use the plane's bathroom. But she indicated that the attendants only questioned her.
"I think they were just discriminating against because we were young decent-looking girls. I mean, nobody else on the plane looked like us except us,” she said. “[The flight attendants] were like older ladies. We were younger. Who knows, they could have been just jealous of us because we were younger."
Southwest defends the incident, saying the women caused a disruption on the flight.When the plane landed in LA, the women were met by four uniformed officers and later questioned by the FBI. The women were released nearly two hours later.
No charges were filed, but Williams and Swedberg say they were banned from all future Southwest Airlines flights, including their scheduled flight home to Tampa.
Swedberg said, "I don't know what happened on this flight; I didn't do anything wrong and I feel like I was just discriminated against based upon my looks."
Hate to say it, Nisreen, but although the above "semi-glamour" shot makes you two look good, this picture captured from a video report shows you just ain't that good-lookin'. I think you were treated as you were because you two were probably acting like b*tches.
Good luck finding flights - on other airlines.