Why is it that everywhere seems to be reverting to a high school mentality?
I remember being told not to wear offensive t-shirts in school, as well as during the orientation at work.
Those places are fine.
But on airplanes too?
Personally, I don’t agree with the t-shirt mentioned in this article, but whether or not the t-shirt, (or others similar to it) are worn shouldn’t be that big of a deal.
It’s not like anyone’s forcing anyone else to look at the thing.
I can already see where this has the potential of going.
It’s going to have the fundamentalists, (along with a bunch of other people) up in arms, and this time, I happen to agree with them.
All it will take is for someone to get offended by a shirt that says something like “If you don’t like the heat, stay out of hell”, and the t-shirt wearer will be kicked off the plane faster than you can say Halleluyah.
This ranks up there with the story about Muslim employees in British public offices getting offended by Whinnie the Pooh and Piglet toys.
People, get over yourselves!
I suppose, though, that the argument could be made that the airlines want to make sure that the planes maintain some sort of sudo business atmosphere, and that would be fine if the only people, or the majority thereof, traveled solely on business.
I might have to pass this one on to some of the people I know who make business trips frequently to get another perspective.
But for now, the whole thing sounds pretty ridiculous.
The below article is taken from today’s edition of the New York Times.
Passengers, Check Your T-Shirt Before Boarding
By MICHELLE O’DONNELL
ALONG with lighters, penknives and other forbidden
airplanes, you can now add something entirely new:
On Tuesday, Lorrie Heasley was forced to leave
Flight 219, departing Reno, Nev., because she was
wearing a T-shirt
that featured pictures of President George W. Bush,
Richard Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice and an
expletive phrase playing on the title of the popular
movie, “Meet the
Ms. Heasley, 32, a lumber saleswoman who was
traveling with her
husband, said she bought the shirt as a gag while
So when can a T-shirt, admittedly vulgar, get you
thrown off a plane?
It depends on the airline. When asked this week,
many airlines said
they must balance between protecting one passenger’s
rights and making
sure the comfort of other passengers is not
compromised. Some, like
United and Midwest Airlines, said they would not
remove a passenger
over language on a shirt. Others referred to their
passenger behavior and attire stated in “contracts
of carriage” that
many post on their Web sites.
In Southwest’s contract, passengers are forbidden
clothing that is “lewd, obscene or patently
offensive,” said Beth
Harbin, a spokeswoman.
Who decides what’s offensive? At many airlines, like
JetBlue, it’s the job of flight crews.
It can be a nasty business. The crew of an American
once removed a passenger after others complained of
his strong body
odor, said Tim Wagner, an airline spokesman. The
passenger was given a
voucher for a nearby hotel and returned for a later
flight after he
Either way, constitutional law experts say that as
airlines are well within their rights.
“The Constitution only restricts the government,”
said Geoffrey R.
Stone, a law professor at the University of Chicago
and the author of
“Perilous Times: Free Speech in War Times.”
He added, “One of the most basic facts of the
Constitution that the
general public doesn’t understand is that the
Constitution governs the
government, so only the government can violate the
Unless Congress passes a law forbidding airlines
passengers because of messages on their T-shirts, no
statute has been
violated, said Eugene Volokh, a law professor at the
California, Los Angeles.
For her part, Ms. Heasley said she and her husband,
Ron, are currently
seeking refund for their airfare from Reno to
Portland, Ore., or the
cost of their rental car, hotel and gas for what
turned out to be a
10-hour drive home.