DJ kicked off flight over 'offensive' detail on pants

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A popular South Korean DJ and influencer has claimed a detail on her pants saw her kicked off an American Airlines flight.

DJ Soda claimed she was forced to stand "half-naked" at a gate at New York's JFK airport on April 24 after she was "harassed" into taking her tracksuit pants off due to an "offensive" and "inappropriate" slogan.

The DJ, whose real name is Hwang So-hee, was wearing pants branded with the words 'f**k you", "f**k", and "f**kn".

Detailing the incident on Instagram and Twitter, she said she had an important meeting in LA and could not miss the flight, so offered to change her pants if they made people uncomfortable.

DJ Soda claims she was kicked off the flight due to an offensive slogan on her pants. Source: Instagram/@deejaysoda
DJ Soda claims she was kicked off the flight due to an offensive slogan on her pants. Source: Instagram/@deejaysoda

"After a concert in New York, I was on a plane to LA, but I was suddenly kicked out just before departure," she said.

"A staff suddenly approached me to pack up my belongings and leave the plane without any kind of explanation. As I was escorted off the plane, they claimed that my sweatpants were 'inappropriate' and 'offensive' telling me that I need to take the next flight.

"With my broken fingers, I hardly ended up taking off my pants in front of the whole crew and standing half-naked while they still refused to board me on the flight. They even sarcastically commented that I could have taken off my pants earlier.

"When they finally let me enter, I put my pants inside out and finally sat down after an hour of delay causing inconvenience to the members of the flight."

The DJ said she was "mortified" and "trembling with fear" for the next six hours of the flight.

"In my eight years of touring, I have never experienced being treated unfairly, especially in a country that is known for its freedom of speech and individuality," she said.

DJ Soda said the incident left her 'mortified' and 'humiliated'. Source: Instragram/@deejaysoda
DJ Soda said the incident left her 'mortified' and 'humiliated'. Source: Instragram/@deejaysoda

DJ Soda, who has 4.3 million followers on Instagram, said she would now boycott the airline and hoped it never happened to anybody again.

"They could have [not taken] me on the plane in the first place, asked me to leave after good reasons, cover my pants with a blanket, or go to the bathroom and change into another pair," she said.

American Airlines told Yahoo Lifestyle in a statement its policies "prohibit offensive clothing".

"During the boarding process for American Airlines Flight 306 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), our team members informed Ms So-hee of our policies and provided her the opportunity to change out of clothing displaying explicit language. The customer complied with requests and was allowed to continue travel, as planned, to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)," a spokesman said.

The airline added it strived to ensure customers were treated with dignity and respect throughout their journey, and its customer relations team has reached out to DJ Soda to learn more about her recent experience.

Musician kicked off plane over 'inappropriate' outfit

DJ Soda's incident comes after a musician went viral on TikTok last September after she was allegedly escorted off an Alaska Airlines flight for wearing an "inappropriate" outfit.

Ray Lin Howard claimed she was "harassed" by a flight attendant after she boarded the plane wearing bike shorts and a crop T-shirt. She added she had removed her shirt once she was seated and sat wearing a sports bra.

She added she complied with a flight attendant's request to put her T-shirt back on, however airline staff allegedly continued to take issue with her outfit for revealing her stomach.

Alaska Airlines said their dress code was "casual, and the requirement is simply a neat and well-groomed appearance. clothing that is soiled or tattered and bare feet are never acceptable. You are expected to use good judgment, but customer service agents will have the final authority to refuse travel for inappropriate attire or appearance."

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