An airport employee told a family very plainly that they couldn’t come in because of the shirt that their 2-year-old was wearing. Take a look at the photos and decide for yourself if they made the right call.
Emma Raikes, a 33-year-old U.K. woman, was preparing to fly to Florida with her family when things went all wrong at the Manchester Airport. Airline staff stopped Emma and her family when they were trying to enter the airport’s Aspire Lounge. Apparently, Emma’s two-year-old niece’s attire was in violation of the dress code, but that’s not all.
The family, a group of eight which included Emma Raikes, her husband, her sister, her 2-year-old niece, her mother Jane, and her mother’s partner as well as two others, was traveling to Disney World in Florida for a two-week family vacation. They had all worn matching, personalized shirts to celebrate the occasion. However, those shirts, including the one worn by the 2-year-old child, would create quite the hassle for the family.
The group had pre-booked access to the Aspire Lounge in Terminal 1 at Manchester Airport, with Jane paying nearly $1,000 USD for the group to relax in the lounge ahead of their nine and a half hour international flight, the Independent reported.
However, airport security first delayed the family’s entrance to the lounge because the booking was made in Emma’s mother’s name, she said. Then, they were denied entry because, according to the airline staff, their personalized Minnie Mouse t-shirts were in violation of the lounge dress code.
“Nothing was said about our clothes at this time,” Emma told BBC News, referring to when they were first delayed due to the booking confusion. But, the personalized, white Minnie Mouse shirts, which bore each family member’s name along with the words “Florida 2017” and “Familymoon” in the mouse ears, eventually became a problem.
“Being told you are not allowed in the @AspireLounge in T1 MAN with a 2 year old as you have Minnie Mouse and name printed on a tshirt 😡🤔poor,” she tweeted.