A model claims she was told to "cover up" on a plane when she tried to board the flight wearing a crop top that was "too small".

Isabelle Eleanore said she was left feeling humiliated when she was asked to put on a staff member's high-vis jacket before taking her seat.

She was told her outfit, blue jeans and a black crop top, was inappropriate for flying by a flight attendant, the Australian Instagram model said.

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Isabelle was asked if she had a jumper she could wear - and was told to cover up with a high-vis vest when she didn't have any other clothes to put on, the Mirror reports.

Isabelle told Australian media channel 9News that the incident happened as she boarded a flight from Gold Coast to Melbourne in February.

She said: "She looked at the ticket and then looked up and said, 'Oh, do you have a jumper you can wear?' and then here's me thinking she must be concerned I'm going to get cold on the flight, it's going to be cold in Melbourne or something.

"She kept going and she was like, 'Well, you can't fly with what you're wearing, you can't wear a bikini'. And I'm like, 'Look - it's not a bikini, it's a top'."

Isabelle wearing the outfit she had on to board the plane

The staff then went off to find her something else to wear before she sat down.

Isabelle said she felt "victimised", "degraded" and "embarrassed" while "everyone was looking" at her as she found her seat.

She agreed to wear the vest because she feared she would be kicked off the flight if she refused.

Low-cost airline Jetstar has since apologised and said there was a "misunderstanding" of the airline's policy on the part of the flight attendant.

Isabelle wrote an Instagram post complaining about the incident and shared photos of the outfit she was wearing.

Isabelle documented her experience on Instagram

She wrote to her 50,000 followers: "So they made a huge scene when I stepped on the plane and made me wait in front of everyone while they searched for something to cover me up with.

"Then I had to walk all the way to my seat wearing this vest . This is discrimination and humiliation Jet Star Australia.

"Apparently my top is too small and I couldn't fly without covering up.

"If I had small breasts I guarantee they wouldn't have said anything.

"They forced me to put on hi-vis vest. Am I lost... is it 1921 not 2021?"

Isabelle said she spoke to eight other Jetstar staff members before boarding and none of them mentioned anything about her clothing being inappropriate.

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Her husband, Jeremy Szwarcbord, who was travelling with her, said his wife's outfit wasn't inappropriate and didn't violate the airline's policy against "offensive" clothing.

Jetstar's website states there are "minimum dress requirements" for its flights and "offensive clothing" is banned.

The website explains: "Please refrain from wearing any clothing or carrying personal items that display words, images, symbols or slogans that may reasonably be deemed offensive (e.g. a t-shirt with slurs or swear words on it).

"Where this occurs, our crew will ask you to cover up the offensive material."

A spokesperson for Australia-based Jetstar, which is owned by Qantas, said the airline has apologised to Isabelle.

The spokesperson told the Mirror: "We've contacted Isabelle about her recent experience and have apologised for the way the situation was handled.

"There was a misunderstanding of what our policy was, and we have reminded our crew of our dress requirements

"While we do have basic dress requirements on our flights, for example shoes, we do not have any policy regarding crop tops."