- Olivia Culpo said she was told she couldn’t board an American Airlines flight until she covered up.
- Her sister Aurora said the model needed to “put on a blouse” before their Thursday flight to Cabo.
- The former Miss Universe wore an athleisure set and asked why the clothes were “inappropriate.”
Olivia, her boyfriend Christian McCaffrey, and her sister Aurora were preparing to board a flight to Cabo, Mexico, when she was called to the American Airlines desk and told to “put on a blouse,” Aurora said in a series of posts on her Instagram stories.
In the first story Aurora, 31, pans over to show Olivia’s outfit, which she later said is a matching black athleisure set from Naked Cashmere, and commented how she looked “cute” and “appropriate.”
“Olivia and I are going to Cabo and look at her outfit,” Aurora said. “They call her up to the desk and tell her that she needs to put a blouse on otherwise she can’t get on the plane.”
American Airlines did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, however, its website does include a line about dress code within a list of rules it states are necessary for customers to comply with for safety purposes.
“Dress appropriately; bare feet or offensive clothing aren’t allowed,” American Airlines states. “Violent or inappropriate actions may result in the denial of boarding, removal from the terminal or legal prosecution.”
It’s not the first time American Airlines is said to have told passengers to cover up to avoid being denied boarding. A doctor previously accused the airline of asking her to deplane to cover up with a blanket in July 2019 because her summer romper wasn’t considered appropriate attire. And more recently, a Turkish influencer took to her Instagram stories in July 2021 to say she was barred from an American Airlines flight because her shorts were too short.
Aurora also appeared to criticize the airline’s consistency on the dress code policy in a follow-up Instagram story comparing Olivia’s outfit to a fellow passenger, also wearing a matching athleisure set. The outlying difference appears to be that the Miss Universe alum’s clothes consisted of shorts, whereas the other passenger’s blue set featured leggings.
“See but she looks beautiful and they don’t care,” Aurora said of the other passenger, before panning back to her sister. “But she has to cover up.”
Olivia reposted her sister’s stories to her own Instagram account, and added a caption questioning why her outfit was “inappropriate” and “offensive.”
One of the clips she re-shared also showed McCaffrey, who plays football for the Carolina Panthers, on the flight with his arms tucked into his t-shirt trying to stay warm without the sweatshirt he gave to help his girlfriend cover up.
Aurora compared him to the character of Jack in “Titanic,” who froze to death by letting Rose stay out of the water.
“Exactly how Jack from the Titanic died,” she said.
Representatives for Olivia and Aurora Culpo did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.