Flying The Friendly Skies! The US Airways Way!
Where The Line Is Drawn?
Cross Dressing Is Okay But...
Now I don't know if US Air has a liberal tilt or not, but I'm a bit suspicious at this point. It seems that cross dressing is an acceptable practice when you fly their friendly skies but pulling up your baggy pants, or failing to, is considered to be a crime according to the air line. So as Paul Harvey was fond of saying, "Now for the rest of the story..."
On June 15th a passenger who was wearing those baggy pants that displays the top of the BVDs was placed under citizens arrest by a valiant pilot for the offense of not pulling his drawers up when he was commanded to do so. I'm not fond of the practice but this seems to be a bit over the edge. Here's how the airline explained it: "The passenger refused to comply with instructions, so the captain exercised his right to make a citizen’s arrest after passenger refused to deplane." Does US Airways have a specific dress code for its passengers? Read on.
Pull Em Up Buster!
Probably the worst offense the guy should have been charged with was making an idiot out of himself in public, which isn't exactly a crime. Congressmen do that every day. An arrest? Maybe the situation should have been handled differently. They have security at the gate don't they? Have security escort the man off of the plane until he either complies or return his cash so he can fly elsewhere.
But wait! Did you notice the picture I used for this article? Well now, just a few short days before that, June 9th to be exact, there was another incident concerning US Airways and their dress code. It seems that on that day a man wearing women's undergarments, scanty undergarments at that. Did that bring a howl of outrage by the passengers on that plane? You bet it did? What was the reaction of air line employees when his/her fellow passengers complained? Nothing, absolutely nothing. Here's how a US Airways spokesperson explained that situation: “We don’t have a dress code policy,” Wunder said. “Obviously, if their private parts are exposed, that’s not appropriate. … So if they’re not exposing their private parts, they’re allowed to fly.”
I betcha the TSA Grope Group ahd a ball with this passenger!
What Is Wrong With This Picture?
Let me grab my trusty calculator for this math. So it appears that the airline in just 7 short days adopted a dress code for it passengers who pay good money not to be visually assaulted by a cross dresser? This is stretching belief to the maximum. What if a man boards clad only in a loin cloth? Is that going to be okay?
I report, you decide. Should the pilot be reprimanded in view of the facts presented here? As long as the crack of the guy's butt wasn't showing no big deal. But cross dressing in women's underwear gets a pass? Does US Airways have a dress code at all? Apparently not, so why the citizens arrest for something distasteful and not for something disgusting? What say you?
Next time I fly I think I'll fly United. The skies might be a bit more friendly. Hopefully not too friendly though!