A woman who claims she was booted from a plane because her “stomach was showing” says she was actually discriminated against for being a “fat, tattooed, mixed-race woman.”
Fairbanks resident Ray Lin Howard, 33, alleges she was harassed by Alaska Airlines staffers Friday. In turn, she did what people do these days to state her case: She took to the TikTok streaming platform to post a now-viral video.
Originally shared via her “Fat Trophy Wife” account on Friday, the clip has since racked up 1.3 million views and more than 180,000 likes as of Monday morning.
In the footage, Howard can be seen getting escorted off of a flight by police officers who proceed to mildly interrogate her about the incident. She alleges that it all started when Alaska Airlines staff “harassed” her about her attire, which consisted of a midriff-bearing top and biker shorts.
“I was harassed about my outfit — [so] I put my shirt back on,” Howard is heard explaining in the video. “They asked me to put my shirt back on. [So,] I put my shirt back on, and then they approached me again, saying that I can’t wear this, my stomach is showing — and it’s inappropriate.”
Howard then explains to the officer she was originally wearing a sports bra (helpfully flashing him to prove it) when was asked by a flight attendant to cover up, which she eventually did with a pink leopard-print sweatshirt — but apparently that didn’t do the trick.
“Then they approached me again, saying I can’t wear this, my stomach is showing, and it’s inappropriate,” Howard said. Cops were reportedly called when Howard was approached for the third time and told the airline crew: “If you’re going to kick me off, kick me off. I’ve done what you asked me to do, I want you to leave me alone.”
The salon worker and fledgling recording artist can be heard requesting the officer let her go as she is due to perform at a show. The officer appears to acknowledge that Fairbanks doesn’t seem to have committed any offenses.
“I felt like I was being discriminated against for being a fat, tattooed, mixed-race woman, which in turn left me full of emotions like anger, disappointment, helplessness, humiliation and confusion,” Howard told Jam Press.
In a follow-up video, Howard models the outfit she wore on the flight. She also shared an Instagram comment — allegedly from a supporter who claims they were on the same flight — claiming “the only voice I heard raised at all was the flight attendant.”
When reached by The Post for comment, representatives for Alaska Airlines said, “We’re in contact with the guest. We’re committed to finding out what happened and taking the appropriate actions. It’s our goal to provide caring service to all of our guests. When we don’t live up to that goal, we do everything we can to make it right.”
Meanwhile, Howard has plenty more to say, too.
“Throughout my life as a fat person, I’ve had to deal with fatphobia, especially growing up in the Midwest — but not to this degree,” she said.
Howard said she was eventually released — and made it to her live gig — and claimed the airline later called her to apologize, offereing her a discount code for future purchases, which she declared “hilarious” in one of her follow-up TikTok clips.
BTW: She isn’t the only frequent flyer who’s taken to TikTok to call out Alaska Airlines dress codes as of late.
On July 31, TikToker Sierra Steadman accused the same airline staff of allegedly “slut-shaming” her and threatened to eject her from the plane for also wearing a crop top and shorts.
Steadman posted a video to her @sierrasteadman account of her crying aboard the plane, captioning the clip: “I’ve never felt more degraded, ashamed, embarrassed, angry or sad. F ALASKA AIRLINES!!!!!!!”
The video has now been viewed 14.8 million times and racked up 3.4 million likes.
After Howard’s experience, Sierra made a TikTok video supporting the singer and said: “This should not be happening numerous amounts of times.
“It should not even be happening once.”