Woman Barred from Boarding Airplane for "(expletive deleted)" T-Shirt

Discussion in 'Travel' started by Lisa Simeone, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I clearly missed this back when it happened:

    Aviation News:Woman Barred from Boarding Airplane for '(expletive deleted)' T-Shirt
    It was a political message, first seen on a protest sign used by Oklahoma state senator
    Also at the Daily Mail:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...nt-womb-I-d-f--senator.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
     
  2. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    You'll lose. At the end of the day, it's still a private business.

    Not sure who will chew up AA & spit them out. They should have joined the feeding frenzy when there were more plates on the table. US Airways (still trying to get their last merger right) seems the most likely candidate.
     
  4. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I don't cuss or wear clothing in public with what could be considered offensive words or phrases. If the clothing had the F word on it then I think the person used very poor judgement and should have been barred from flying. Just my 2 cents.
     
  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Raise you a penny. I just wish Southwest weren't so uptight about cleavage. I love cleavage. :D
     
  6. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    A girl can dream, can't she? :)
     
  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Of course!
     
  8. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I, too, would never wear such a shirt in public (or private). But I have to put up with a lot of stuff I find "offensive" or "objectionable" that other people wear. (And yes, I realize that the airline isn't "other people.") Such as the obnoxious T-shirt some (expletive deleted) was wearing on the last plane I ever took -- lauding waterboarding. There are certain times in my life when I wish I were 6'5" and 250 lbs. That was one of them.
     
  9. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I would think we can agree that a business has no free speech obligation. I think employees have erred on not allowing boarding but they do retain the right to serve whomever they wish if the terms of the Contract of Carriage is honored. The dress standards in the contracts are so loosely stated that any call can be justified.

    A shirt lauding waterboarding while controversial does not reach the same issues as would shirts with foul or vulgure language. I see a distinct difference between the two. If a person wishes to make a political statement then do so but leave the foul language at home.
     
  10. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Sorry, I beg to differ. In my view, his shirt was way, way, way more offensive.

    I use vulgar language all the time. As a sensible adult, I pick and choose my words as well as the places where I speak them. And I sleep well at night, knowing that saying "John Pistole is a (expletive deleted) (expletive deleted)" doesn't make me a bad person, but that son of a bitch wearing a pro-torture T-shirt is one.
     
  11. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    The shirt evidently read "If I Wanted The Government In My Womb, I'd F*ck A Senator."

    Was she attractive? I need to get some shirts made up with this slogan:
    "I'm not a Senator."
     
  12. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I believe you're talking about this incident:
    Oh, and love this:
     
  13. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Did the shirt say "F*ck" or "(expletive deleted)"? If it said "F*ck" I'd probably wear that, otherwise probably not - although I wouldn't rule it out. Really depends on my mood and how irritated I happen to be feeling at the time. :)
     
  14. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    If you were flying, and you were anywhere near the TSA checkpoint, chances are you would be very irritated...just sayin'...;)
     
  15. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    The slogan was spelled out, evidently. I was trying to pre-empt Mike's profanity filter, which sometimes objects to that word.
     
  16. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    It's not the first such event on Southwest. The other one that comes to mind was younger and much more attractive. I'd be really disappointed if they didn't let her baord & sit next to me. Of course, given Southwest' open seating that assumes she would choose to sit next to an old ogre in the first place.;)

    In reality, I think Southwest could pick these battles more intelligently.
     
  17. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    If you're quoting the t-shirt, my profanity filter won't notice. If you're speaking for yourself, keep in mind that this site is intended to be more or less family rated.

    Profanity in everyday discourse is completely unnecessary & entirely avoidable, although I'll admit to lowering myself on occasion.
     
  18. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Pic at original article (Daily Mail). Also at Jezebel. The word is spelled out.
     
  19. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Exactly. If they hadn't thrown off Miss Cleavage, and she sat down next to you, it could have been a hoot to discuss your past experiences in the farming business, just as an icebreaker.
     
  20. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    ;)

    Okay, so I guess I'd wear it.
     

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