Is it us, or is 2016 becoming a new battleground to liberate our wardrobe? Only last month meteorologist Liberte Chan was told to put on a cardi, live on air. And what about receptionist Nicola Thorp, dismissed for wearing flat shoes? So, we were pretty shocked when we heard about the latest sexist spat – this time in an airport.

Yes, that’s right. A woman was actually banned from boarding a plane because her shorts were deemed too short. Hello 2016!

Burlesque dancer, Maggie McMuffin (off topic, we’re guessing that’s her stage name – we may be wrong, we’re probably not), was due to board an internal American flight from Massachusetts to Washington when a member of staff approached her at the gate.

Cue Maggie in her own words: ‘She told me that she was really sorry for bringing this up but just what I was wearing was not appropriate and the flight crew had discussed it and the pilot had decided that I needed to put something else on or I would not be allowed to board the flight.’

What was considered so risquĂ© the wearer in question was – quite literally – grounded unless she covered up? Stripy shorts, matching thigh-high socks and a long-sleeved tiger jumper.

We reckon she looks pretty cute in the pictures – but that’s not really the point, is it? Maggie should be able to wear what she likes – and if what she likes is wearing monochrome hot pants at 35,000 feet, all power to her. We only wish we could pull off a similar combo…

Except, in the end, power was taken away. Maggie had to buy a pair of trousers.

She later said: ‘I feel like it’s just a symptom of our patriarchal society that women are sold scantily clad things and if we choose to wear them we can be punished for that.’

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It can work the other way, too. In a world where a receptionist can still be ordered to wear a four-inch heel - or get out, Maggie’s words are worth repeating. And repeating. And repeating.