Hooters Hottie on No Fly List

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, sometimes it pays to take the bus.

Tell that to Kyla Ebbert, who was escorted off a Southwest Airlines flight two months ago for wearing an outfit far less revealing than a bikini top.

Ebbert, a Mesa College student and Hooters waitress, was allowed to stay on the plane, but only after she put up a fight and, she says, was lectured on how to dress properly.



After the plane filled, and the flight attendants began their safety spiel, Ebbert was asked to step off the plane by a customer service supervisor, identified by the airline only as “Keith.”

They walked out onto the jet bridge, where Keith told Ebbert her clothing was inappropriate and asked her to change. She explained she was flying to Tucson for only a few hours and had brought no luggage.

“I asked him what part of my outfit was offensive,” she said. “The shirt? The skirt? And he said, ‘The whole thing.’ ”

Keith asked her to go home, change and take a later flight. She refused, citing her appointment. The plane was ready to leave, so Keith relented. He had her pull up her tank top a bit, pull down her skirt a bit, and return to her seat.

Ebbert says several flight attendants overheard the conversation and, after an embarrassing walk down the aisle, she took her seat and spread a blanket over her lap. She kept her composure until the plane landed, when she called her mother and broke down.

She took a photo of herself with her cell phone so her mother could see her clothes. That’s when mom became livid.

“My daughter is young, tall, blond and beautiful,” Michele Ebbert told me, “and she is both envied and complimented on her appearance. She dresses provocatively, as do 99 percent of 23-year-old girls who can. But they were out of line.”

This is ridiculous.

Yes, her skirt is several inches too short, and her blouse is the little too form fitting, but compared to the the typical Arizona hottie, this young woman is Donna Reed

P.S. Irony so thick you can cut it with the plastic knife!


36 Responses to “Hooters Hottie on No Fly List”

  1. whirlygirly Says:

    Heh. I showed the article to my husband and he immediately asked: “Was she wearing underwear?”

  2. Cat Says:

    That is, indeed, absolutely ridiculous. I see more revealing outfits at the mall.

  3. tinuvielberen Says:

    She looks clean and well-groomed, despite the short skirt. I’d much rather sit next to her on a plane than the rather…aromatic seatmates I’ve had on occasion.

    Nice to know that Southwest is the misogynistic airline. I’ll avoid them in future.

  4. raincoaster Says:

    We had a case like this several years ago in Vancouver: a high school student was refused permission to fly to the US because they quite frankly thought she was a hooker. She was wearing her private school uniform but the skirt was, if memory serves, 11 inches long from the natural waist, and she was wearing white patent platform sandals with 5″ heels, otherwise known as “stripper heels. She made the front page of the paper, with her father’s quote: “Does she look like a hooker?”

    I believe they subsequently had to move because of the tsunami of responses saying yes, in fact, she DOES look like a hooker, and an expensive novelty hooker at that.

    But that is neither here nor there… the fact is, this woman, although rather trashy-looking, is perfectly entitled to fly within her home country without being harassed, whether by passengers or by airlines. As far as I know the TSA has no authority over wardrobes. Did they think she was concealing a box cutter in that outfit?

    Don’t answer that!

  5. Judith in Umbria Says:

    No Italian female under fifty would be able to fly. This is the airline who “moves their tails for you?”

  6. Danielle Says:

    Except for wearing heels with a mini skirt, I’ve worn nearly the same thing on a plane before. Come on! When dealing with the over-emboldened TSA workers, chirpy (sometimes downright b*tchy) flight attendants, and TRAVEL, which is uncomfortable in and of itself, don’t we get a pass to wear what we want, so long as we’re not smelly or waving our crotch in anyone’s face?
    She’s more covered than lots of thirteen year olds out there! And I’m sorry, but she’s gorgeous and it’s pretty obvious that’s why she was singled out. Some people don’t know how to direct their jealousy and feel they need to punish someone they envy.

  7. Danielle Says:

    not that I’m saying heels with a mini skirt is bad. on the contrary.

  8. Nick Says:

    She is freaking hot as hell, and I would love to sit next to her. She may not have been wearing any underwear so maybe someone was offended by that, but man look at that set of personalities she has on her.

  9. angelhair Says:

    She’s only 23? That is one hard-looking face. I would have guessed 43 as her age. Great body, though. And nothing wrong with the clothes.

  10. iopine Says:

    She lives near where I live. Most girls her age dress like that. It may be tawdry, but it’s conservative enough to sit on a plane.

  11. Never teh Bride Says:

    I’m sorry, but there is no reason to complain about someone else’s attire unless you can see their naughty bits or they are wearing a shirt with something reeeeaaaaaally offensive printed on it. And I’m talking really, really offensive, not just some quip about a bald spot being a solar panel for one’s libido.

  12. Tk Says:

    I went to college in Phoenix – this is, indeed, a big step forward from the average 23 year old. She’s not wearing Juicy panties as shorts, or 4 inch tall Rocket Dog flip flops, and is only a mildly unnatural combination of stark white blond and orange.

  13. themis Says:

    The thing is, it wasn’t the Southwest staff that objected to her outfit. The other passengers complained. In their position I would have probably done the same. You can hurt one girl’s feelings or you can have a whole plane of fogeys offended and refuse to fly your hootchie airline anymore. I wouldn’t assume that one overzealous and uptight flight attendant caused this — I would assume it’s a handful of pushy conservative types.

  14. themis Says:

    Um, re-posting to clarify that I would have done the same as the airline service staff, not complained about her appearance like the passengers did. Better someone dressed like that flying next to you than someone who smells of old salami and buttcrack, like on my last three and a half hour flight from Chicago.

  15. Bridey Says:

    Do airlines have dress codes now? With Southwest, with its habit of extorting extra fares from fat people, you never know. But I do wonder if the event was precipitated by complaints from other passengers.

    And, in passing, if mom agrees with her daughter that the dress was appropriate, that’s fine and she should say that. Blondness, height, beauty, youth and the alleged habits of “99%” of other 23-year-olds are neither here nor there.

  16. LaVida2 Says:

    Note to Southwest Airlines: HATERS!!!!!

    Saw her on Today Show this a.m. and she said she was able to catch her return flight with the same airline on the way back home later that day without anyone saying one word. Someone was just jealous.

    If I were a passenger on that flight and had heard the exchange between this young lady and the flight attendent I would have loudly exclaimed, “Aint nothing wrong with it, honey. You got it, flaunt it!”

    More than likely I probably would have been escorted off of the plane right after her……..for inciting a riot.

    It will be hilarious if she now sues for whatever reason and they have to compensate her, because all she initially asked for was an apology from the airline.

  17. JP Says:

    Just to cast a little doubt on her story:

    A 23 year old woman is flying into a city, with no luggage, for “a couple of hours,” for an “appointment.” Now, she may be a high-powered attorney, or a free-lance accountant renowned for her expertise in high finance or hostile takeovers. Or maybe she has another type of job in which a hot, scantily clad young woman can make enough money in a few hours to justify a round-trip plane ticket.

  18. LaVida2 Says:

    Note to Southwest Airlines: HATERS!!

    Saw her on Today Show this a.m. and she said she was able to board her return flight on the same airline with no qualms whatsoever. They were just jealous.
    If I had been on that flight and overheard the exchange between her and the flight attendant, I would have loudly exclaimed, “Ain’t nothing wrong with your attire, honey. If you got it, flaunt it!”

    More than likely, I probably would have been escorted off the plane right after her…for inciting a riot.

    The crazy thing is, all she asked for was an apology from the airline for embarassing her or whatever. If she gets compensation out of this, it will hilarious.

  19. La BellaDonna Says:

    Hola to the JP. La BellaDonna, she says, Honi soi qui mal y pense; the young lady was flying into the city for a DOCTOR’S appointment. La BellaDonna wonders if the JP usually carries a change of clothes to a doctor’s appointment; La BellaDonna generally does not. La BellaDonna also wonders if the JP is perhaps a MALE, and therefore believes any female who is physically attractive must be available for the one purpose only. How happy the young lady must be, knowing that even though she was on her way to the doctor’s, the JP assumed that since she was attractive and had no luggage, she must be a prostitute … and not a patient.

  20. gemdiva Says:

    JP – Helllooo – this is still America, at least last time I looked, and people are free to travel where and when they please without their motives for the trip being questioned AND are entitled to the presumption of innocence. You have just elevated the questionable pastime of jumping to conclusions to an Olympic event. If the airlines kicked every shady looking passenger off their planes, the industry would be in even worse shape than it is now.

  21. gemdiva Says:

    I have absolutely no idea why my previous comment printed out 3 times. I swear I am innocent of any wrongdoing even though I am showing a bit of cleavage today.

  22. Ninjarina Says:

    Granted she is pretty but her mom is crass. You don’t confirm the fact that your daughter dresses like a hooker over the fact that her rights had been trounced. What a bunch of whore-bags. Yes, I said it.

  23. Ninjarina Says:

    For Bridey:

    “With Southwest, with its habit of extorting extra fares from fat people, you never know. But I do wonder if the event was precipitated by complaints from other passengers.”

    Actually, many airlines do that. I paid for my already tiny space and no offense but I don’t feel like someone’s body should encroach on it. Also, think of the extra fuel it costs. When it comes to moving people around, obesity causes all types of problems – just ask EMTs or nurses.

  24. Robert Says:

    There is an old saying, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” I think the flight attendant, or whomever, responded to complaints about the young lady from one or more “uptight” passengers, and decided to act against her rather than tell the passengers her clothing was legal and the airline had no authority in the matter. I also agree that the reasons for travel are irrelevant as long as security is not involved. The only reason the reasons came up at all was an inability to take a later flight. Once again, the airline screws up by not apologizing as requested at no charge. Now, if a lawsuit is a success, their failure to discipline their employee and apologize may cost them a lot of money. I certainly home so. For myself, I will never, ever fly Southwest again, assuming it will become the preferred airline of “little old ladies” of all ages and sexes, and of the “don’t look at that loose woman, dearies” crowd. I will try hard to convince business associates, friends and neigbours to avoid Southwest if convenient.

  25. wildflower Says:

    I would like also to respond to JP. Others have already addressed the “she may not have been a hooker” issue, but I would like to add, So what if she had been a hooker? Are you saying that hookers should not be allowed to fly on airplanes?

  26. la Says:

    while not bad enough to be kicked off, the outfit is still pretty fug.

  27. Anonymous Says:

    Right, because the women who choose to work at Hooters naturally presume themselves to be looked upon with respect. Sigh. Way to be part of the revolution, my unfortunate sister.

    The commericals say it all. My mum remembers those commercials: women are there to serve you.

  28. Q Says:

    Yes, because the women who choose to ignore the misogyny over at Hooters naturally presume themselves to be looked upon with respect at all times.

    Sigh. Join the revolution already, sister girl.

    The sixties commercials say it all. My mum remembers those flight attendant commericals — excuse me, stewardess commericals; this was before their union finally fought off all that nonsense — which all basically said the same thing: hey look, now here are some more women who only exist to serve the men.

    All day, every day, we hear only two options: strip down or cover up.

    Aren’t we tired of it yet?

  29. Q Says:

    Commercials, rather. Even my spelling bee is tired of it.

  30. Marsha Says:

    When she appeared on the Today show she had to tug, twist, and pull her outfit into place to keep herself covered- and even though she was on her best behavior and totally conscious of her need to prove there was nothing wrong with her outfit, she managed to flash millions of viewers with a shot of her private areas when she sat down. The Today show blurred it, and in later airings cut that segment completely- because it wasn’t suitable for their viewers.
    Airline passengers, unfortunately, did not have the cut and edit capabilities of the Today Show, so they saw unedited and uncut footage of her flashing what should never be flashed in public, and I only hope she was actually wearing underwear.
    Imagine being the parent of a child who had to stand in line behind her- or sit in an aisle seat as she walked by, affording the child a full and unobstructed view right up her four inches of skirt.

    And if she had indeed been so humiliated and embarrassed, she would not have worn the same four inches of skirt home on the return journey. She would have purchsed a pair of sweat pants or leggings.

  31. Elyse Says:

    If this is offensive to people then boys wearing their pants at theirs knees and their underwear hanging out, should be outlawed!

  32. Bridey Says:

    For Ninjarina (sorry to resurrect a dead thread, but can’t let this pass):

    I said: “With Southwest, with its habit of extorting extra fares from fat people, you never know. But I do wonder if the event was precipitated by complaints from other passengers.”

    Ninjarina said:
    “Actually, many airlines do that.”

    No, they don’t. Southwest is alone in this.

    “I paid for my already tiny space and no offense but I don’t feel like someone’s body should encroach on it.”

    The fat person paid to fly, too, I might point out. If the airline is providing insufficient space for its paying passengers, that would be a problem with the airline, not the passengers.

    “Also, think of the extra fuel it costs. When it comes to moving people around, obesity causes all types of problems – just ask EMTs or nurses.”

    Non sequitur department, you have a call coming in….

  33. JP Says:

    To clarify, if anyone is still reading: She may or may not be a hooker, as I implied. The doctor’s appointment detail was not in the original report I read. Even if she was, and was wearing a patent leather skinsuit, I personally would welcome her on the plane. But Southwest should reserve it’s right as an AMERICAN company (cuts both ways, see) to make that decision on its own.

  34. FatherOfTwo Says:

    I applaud Southwest and hope that they will see this through. I know I’m still a person that sees this type of clothing as offensive(because I’m a man who has married one woman and don’t need to see this much of the body of another woman!!).

    I will be sadened and annoyed and deeply upset when the day comes I and my sons have to walk off of a plane or bus or whatever because some innappropriately dressed girl ISN’t asked to cover up. And if it is a guy with his underwear showing, then I’ll tell him myself. Guys don’t have a free license, they must not dress innappopriately either!!

    Respect others by dressing modestly. If someone wants to see less then they can go to Hooters or a sex hall or whatever….don’t bring that dirt to me.

    Also, I wish they’d get it off and out of Sports, I like sports but may give up watching them because many cheerleader squads are dressed filthily too! And I don’t want to see it, NEITHER do I want my sons to see women as nothing more than sex dolls.

  35. FatherOfSix Says:

    This is America. This isn’t Nazi Germany. Be proud of our freedom. Thank God I can do what I want, when I want, where I want as long as it isn’t against the law. I am also a man who married one woman. I think the woman in question is beautiful. What can you see of her body? LEGS! Come on now, what is wrong with seeing legs? Am shaking my head at the ridiculousness of the whole situation.

  36. Father of six Says:

    I think she is beautiful. Whatever a woman wears to look attractive and feel good is fine with me. And she doesn’t even have to care what I or anyone else thinks. If you want women in burkhas, because you are married and can’t stand the temptation, or you are worried about your children’s reaction to flirty clothes, there are plenty of places in the world to settle. Maybe pick one where they can’t meet your eyes either. And don’t get me started on lipstick. OMG
    I am much more ill at ease with gross obesity, sloth, body odor and lack of any civil manners or cultural awareness exhibited by large numbers of people in public.

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