‘I’m overweight, tattooed, and mixed-race’ in a sports bra, was the reason I was thrown off the plane.
She was kicked off the plane for being “big, tattooed, and mixed-race.”
Fairbanks resident Ray Lin Howard claims she was harassed Friday by employees of Alaska Airlines, according to the 33-year-old. Then she did what everyone does these days: She posted a now-viral video on TikTok.
As of Monday morning, the tape has 1.3 million views and more than 180,000 likes on her “Fat Trophy Wife” account.
After getting off the plane, police officers ask Howard about the event. “It all started when Alaska Airlines workers “harassed” me over my clothes,” she claims.
According to Howard’s explanation in the video, he was harassed because of his attire, so he put his shirt back on. ‘They’ asked me to put on my shirt again. They approached me again and said, “You can’t wear this because your stomach is showing — and that’s unacceptable.”
According to Howard, a flight attendant urged her to cover herself, which she did with a pink leopard-print shirt — but apparently it didn’t work either.
As Howard recalled: “Then they came back to me and said I couldn’t wear this because my stomach is showing and it’s unacceptable.” If you’re going to kick me off, kick me off,” Howard reportedly said when he was approached for the third time by the airline personnel. My work has been over and I ask that you leave me alone.”
It can be heard that she is pleading with the police to let her go since she has an event to perform at. According to the officer, Howard appeared to have committed no infractions.
According to Howard, “I felt like I was being discriminated against because I’m a large and tattooed mixed-race woman. This left me full of emotions like rage and sadness.
In a follow-up video, Howard wears the clothing she wore on the flight in a fashion shoot. Unconfirmed accusations from an Instagram commenter who claims to have been on the same airplane as her also surfaced.
“We are in communication with the visitor,” Alaska Airlines representatives told The Post when asked for comment. When we discover out what happened, we’re going to do whatever it takes to make things right. All of our guests will receive a warm welcome from us. It’s our responsibility to make it right when we fall short of that aim.”
Howard, on the other hand, has a lot more to say.
While growing up in the Midwest, she says, she’s had to deal with fatphobia throughout her life, but not to this extent.
In one of her subsequent TikTok vids, Howard declared the airline’s apology “hilarious” once she was eventually released and able to make it to her live show.
TikTok has been used by other regular flyers to complain about Alaska Airlines’ dress code.
According to TikToker Sierra Steadman, the same airline crew allegedly humiliated her and threatened to kick her off the plane on July 31 because she was also wearing a crop top and shorts.
On her @sierrasteadman account, Steadman tweeted a video of herself sobbing on the plane. She captioned the clip: “I’ve never felt more degraded. It’s Alaska Airlines or bust!”
14.8 million people have seen the video and 3.4 million people have liked it.
Sierra posted a TikTok video in support of Howard, saying: “This shouldn’t be occurring so many times.”
“It shouldn’t happen even one time.”