Human League singer kicked out of airport lounge for wearing Uggs

Woman kicked out of airport lounge for wearing Uggs

Everybody knows that when you're going on a long-haul plane journey, comfort is key. But, as one traveller found out, comfort isn't always top priority in some airport lounges.

Joanne Catherall, a member of the band The Human League, found this out the hard way when she tried to enter the Qantas business class lounge at Melbourne Airport, but was turned away because she was wearing Uggs. Ok, the shearling-lined boots might not be the last word in fashion but they are super comfortable.

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However, the staff member at the desk deemed them a little too comfy and said they were 'sleepwear'.

Ms Catherall took to Twitter to complain about her experience and wrote:

"Denied access @Qantas business class lounge in @Melair Melbourne Airport apparently Ugg (Australia) Boots are deemed sleepwear by the lady working there although no problem in any of the other lounges so far. Helpfully she suggested I go to one of the shops & purchase some shoes."

The airline actually tweeted Joanna back and defended its stance, also including a link to its Club Lounge dress code.

Many people on Twitter defended Joanne, agreeing that Uggs are not sleepwear.

One wrote: "Sorry... but a $150 to $300 pair of boots is not any sense comparable to a $15 to $40 pair of slippers. Heck if they are slippers, Santa leave me two pairs under my tree please, thanks."

Another wrote: "I had exactly the same issue just last week in Brisbane Airport! If you pay for Business Class you should be able to travel in whatever you feel comfortable in - whatever footwear you choose to wear is not going to ruin other passengers travel experience!"

Qantas still advised that ultimately it was up to the discretion of the staff, tweeting: "Understood Joanne, bear in mind each lounge is subject to the discretion of the team. We'll pass your feedback on so we can improve our services."

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The rules of flying aren't as straightforward as you'd imagine and many of the strange laws that go beyond leaving your liquids and sharp objects at home could easily get you kicked off a plane.

Bad body odour, offensive T-shirts and having your tonsils removed could stop your from flying, while there are some odd items you never imagined carrying that will

Delta has no problem with passengers carrying antlers but says they "must be free of residue, the skull must be wrapped and the tips protected." It adds that they cannot exceed 115 inches or 100 lbs.
Thinking of becoming a flight attendant? Hawaiian Airlines isn't a fan of its staff being adventurous with their hair. It says: "Unacceptable hairstyles include, but are not limited to, extreme or unnatural colors (e.g., pink, purple), top-knots, dreadlocks, cornrows and Mohawks."
If you're planning on flying with Qantas and need to have your tonsils removed, you'll have to wait a lengthy three weeks before you're allowed to travel, according to the Herald Sun. With Japan Airlines, it's a two-week ban.
Delta states that you can be kicked off a flight "when the passenger's conduct creates an unreasonable risk of offense or annoyance to other passengers."
Emotional support animals range from dogs to pigs and even miniature horses but ferrets aren't allowed on flights. As Delta puts it, the airline won't accept "snakes, other reptiles, ferrets, rodents and spiders as Service Animals."
Airline obesity policies differ with some, including Alaska Airlines, requiring overweight passengers to purchase a second seat. British Airways passengers must be able to buckle their seatbelt and fully lower both armrests, otherwise they need to purchase a second ticket.
American Airlines states that the crew may refuse transport of passengers who "are clothed in a manner that would cause discomfort or offense to other passengers or are barefoot." Meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic says it refuses to transport any passenger "who is not wearing both top and bottom apparel." In 2017, a hen group was kicked off a Jet2 flight for wearing T-shirts with the phrase 'bitches on tour'.
Aside from the germs, there's another reason to keep your shoes on while flying. Some airlines including Delta say they "may refuse to transport or may remove passengers" if they are "barefoot".
A number of airlines, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, can kick you off a flight for having an "offensive odour". In 2010, Air Canada removed a passenger from a flight to Montreal after they emitted what fellow travellers described as a "brutal" odour. In 2014, a French man was ordered off an American Airlines flight to Dallas when passengers complained about his body odour.

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