Traveling the friendly skies is more of an adventure than ever.
For Turkish wrestler Deniz Saypinar, just getting on the plane proved tricky recently. American Airlines employees stopped Saypinar from boarding her flight because they deemed her clothing inappropriate.
The airline's website states in its rules that passengers cannot wear "offensive clothing." Of course, it's hard for customers to know what might be considered offensive, and Deniz Saypinar argued that she wouldn't wear anything that might offend others.
She also stated in an Instagram post that she was insulted that her cropped top and shorts were deemed offensive and even "disturbing" to families on the flight, despite the jacket tied around Saypinar's waist.
Deniz Saypinar is a professional bodybuilder from Turkey. On Thursday, she posted on her Instagram story to her nearly 1 million followers that airline staff refused to let her board her flight to Miami because of what she was wearing. The post was not longer available on Sunday since Instagram stories are only posted for 24 hours.
“I like to wear feminine clothes that reveal my femininity, but I never dress in a way that will offend anyone,” she wrote in the post, according to the Dallas Morning News. “I’m mature and civilized enough to know what I can and cannot wear.”
Saypinar, a fitness competition champion and the first female in her country given International Federation of BodyBuilders status, was able to catch another flight to Miami.
Like many in today's authoritarian climate, she is disappointed to have moved to the United States to experience the liberty for which it's famous, only to be stripped of the freedom she expected -- in this case, all because of her clothing.