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Flying The Friendly Skies! The US Airways Way!

Updated on June 23, 2011

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!

As Always,

The Frog

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Polly - If they do I have a tendency to deal with whatever the issue is with the mods. Sometimes it is hard to get a specific answer but I can be very persistent.

      The Frog

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      Yeah but HP doesn't allow certain links in comments they may take down your hub, I wouldn't want to cause that so just saying you may want to,

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Polly - Hon, rarely do I delete. Thnaks for the link.

      TFP

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      http://www.gop.gov/blog/10/04/08/obamacare-flatlin...

      Something someone sent me, thought you may wanna write about it, or at least know. It is to take effect after he would be elected for obvious reasons. Can just delete this if you want.

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      Hevn't these dumbo's ever heard of elevator shoes? Or dunce caps? Alot easier to get on the plane.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wayne - They think that be COOL.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      Nothing like flying united, Frog! LOL! There certainly seems to be a lot going on here. Apparently the pilot had a fetish peeve for drooper drawers and went with his emotion. Like you and I, he is probably a relic of yesterday seriously impaired by the teachings of parents who thought their children should dress appropriately in public. Today, we know how wrong that attitude really was. Today, we can tatoo our ass and display it on every flight because this is America and we know our rights....yeah, yeah, yeah, I get it. Sooner or later we figure all these things out but for me, I just cannot comprehend what the message is when a person is wearing their pants buckled about their thighs...essentially placing their ass cheeks above what they choose as their waistline...are we trying to look taller or just stupid...you report, we decide! WB

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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Frog,

      Sadly behind on my reading, but amazed at the "arbitrary and capricious" nature of these guys in the skies. You are right, not so "friendly". Voted UP & UFA, mar.

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      34th Bomb Group 6 years ago

      When I first started flying regularly, 'round about the early 60's - we were DRESSED UP before we went to the airport. I wore cute little dresses and Little Brother wore shirt/tie/blazer, etc. My parents were dressed in the same vein.

      One of the "funny" things we've been able to do since this has become a fairly common mode of dress is make bad guys put their hands up on a wall and watch them struggle to keep their pants from falling around their ankles - without using their hands, of course, which must remain on the wall or they'll taste the end of a baton.

      We don't get many opportunities to have fun with folks like this now that everyone has a video camera in their back pocket - so this serves two purposes. We get to embarass the bad guys without touching them and we're also able to see if they have nasty things on their person.

      @Amy and Your Royal Highness - isn't the very edge of the green referred to as "frog's hair?"

      Personally, having a son who passed through this stage - I found it downright ridiculous and almost obscene. He got over that stage.

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      Hi Frog,

      Just speak a little Arabic and wear an opposite sex turban. You'll be allowed to board in Saran Wrap if you feel like it.

      Stu

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      TheGroundsquirrel 6 years ago

      You'll never hear a real cop complain about 'em. It makes it easier to catch them. I usually just do my best to avoid stupid people continuously. Which is no small task, as sometimes it involves having to repel one or two on a regular basis. So, yes, life is a pretty happening place. The downfall of a society is directly proportional to it's lack of reward for excellence.

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      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      I know no one would believe what I saw (no not that) but this young guy wearing his pants like that and the waist of his pants were not 12 inches from his shoes and he had to hold his feet apart to walk. He was tall and skinny so there was a lot of fold in that few inches and where he got a T-Shirt that long I don't know, but I could see the imprint of his butt. How that turns any girl on is beyond me. Fun hub! We need more of them.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      b. malin - I'm usually going to drive these days as I don't want anyone touching my junk in my trunks unless I want them to.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Well this Hub was Good for a Laugh or Two Froggy...We are really going over the edge. I think in Florida, a few months back, a girl came in wearing a Bikini and a Smile...She said she had NOTHING to hide. I'm sure that made Everyone's Day. Lover Man AND I Drive to Florida, We won't put up with all the Bull!

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Amy - I'm known to gum people to death. LMAO

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I believe the frog hair, Prince, but I'm looking at you now and I don't see any choppers!

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Amy - Did you know we have hair?.. Some of us are fine as frog hairs! With a full set of teeth to boot!!! LMBO

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I prefer not to fly anyhow.

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Prince, frogs don't have teeth!

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Beck - Some times prudence and discretion should be exercised.

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      Becky 6 years ago

      Ok, I am a prude. But if I have to cover up MY underwear, so does the cross dresser. That is disgusting. The guy with the boxers hanging out was at least decently covered. I don't have to look at the hairy stomach hanging out. Y'all would have a fit if it was a fat, old woman in the Victoria's Secret outfit. "Oh, my eyes, they're burning" type thing.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Fred - The sun kept reflecting off your head there! LMAO.

      Great song but I'm not sure you have a future in Nashville.

      I'm just sayin...

      The Frog

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      Ghost32 6 years ago

      Sadly, this Hub has made me realize I must have RTSA (Redneck TSA) genes floating around inside my genetics somewhere--since I, too, think the crossdresser is merely fine entertainment but the saggedy-baggity pants are repulsive-disgusting-barf to be avoided at all costs.

      As evidenced by one of my original songs, posted to YouTube a full two years ago:

      http://youtu.be/wtee84BIJrI

      Though I'd probably have waited to boot the kid off the plane till we were airborne....! (Not serious, y'all PC types! Call off yer attack dogs!)

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Amy - Okay I'll bite! Do you care?

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I don't find anything shocking about the "baggy pants" fashion statement, I just don't get what it speaks. I would think its uncomfortable and the epitome of "uncool" if the wearer falls down tripping over the jeans pooled around their feet. I say this at the risk of revealing how uncool I am, but then, ask me if I really care...one of the few perks of gettin' old.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      drbj - Not that it makes a difference. Rue Paul comes to mind.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Has anyone noticed that the baggy pants dresser was an African American and the cross dresser was not?

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      jim - Gives new meaning to "in-flight" entertainment now, doesn't it? LMBO

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      TheManWithNoPants 6 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Also, great hub Frog. You should get some great comments here. Being The Man With No Pants is a challenge when flying, and with the PSA thing, it's just better to give in and put on the pants. (lmao) Up, useful, and funny!

      jim

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      TheManWithNoPants 6 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      I'm in conflict here over what my opinion SHOULD be and what it actually is. I don't like seing the kids wearing their britches around their ankles, but I don't even like not liking that. I wore things that drove the old folks nuts when I was a pup, and loved it. If they want to wear their pants low and have a clean pair of boxers up high, let em go for it. Let em drive me nuts. It's one of the perks of being young. That's how I feel, not how I probably SHOULD feel.

      Now we have the cross dresser wearing his latest Victorias' Secrets gear. How I should feel? I should be angry and repulsed I suppose. How I really feel? Sometimes repulsivness can be fun. These flights are boring .. same magazines, same boring routine. You sit there and people watch, and after about 15 minutes, you've figured out everyone's life story. Then you gaze out the window; At 30,000 feet that's good for another 5 or 6 minutes, and the person sitting next to you is almost always a drag. Long story short; An ugly dude in sexy women's underwear would liven things up. Also, you have to ask yourself what if the dude weren't ugly? What if he was one of those Barbie Doll looking brothers? Then it'd really liven things up! In either case, the you wish the flight could last just a little longer, and you've got something exciting to talk about when you land.

      I'm always at war over how I should feel, and how I honestly feel. :/

      jim

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Guys I can tell this one is going to be a stitch!

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      your friend jamie 6 years ago

      I'm especially fond of the pretty choker. Really finished the whole ensemble.

      I'm wondering, have those of us with ANY common sense been transported to another dimension? What happens each day in the news is now stranger than fiction...you'll notice I did not call it TRUTH....truth in 2011 barely exists!!

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      Ken Crow 6 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Frog: The answer to the problem is this. The pilot finds a very ugly crossdresser to point the thug out and start singing " Pant's on the Ground, Pant's on the ground ". Thus the problem is solved. The entire flight now knows their are two freak shows on this flight. What ever happened to pride, elegance and a sense of self worth ? Sad isn't it. Up and other props...

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home

      FP,

      What do they do to muslims wearing baggy berkas... or a guy in just a swimsuit.... like a speedo...

      TH

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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      FP - Better a cross dresser than a fat lady who should have purchased three seats.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      BPOP and Amy - oh my goodness, two quick witted women in a row. You'll have me laughing all day! Kudos to you both!

      Isn't a kazoo a musical instrument BPOP?

      OP - And now you'll be wondering if you get to sit next to a cross dresser or not. LMBO

      The Frog

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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      FP - You obviously still believe the world is supposed to be fair? This is a classic example of how similar situations are treated differently depending on the day of the week.

      Flying anywhere today is a real ordeal, far removed from pleasure. Have you heard anyone say "I am really looking forward to my flight to XYZ?" "I just love those cramped seats with no leg room, the stale pretzels, and being herded around like cattle by some grouchy airline employee." "I especially like getting pulled out of the line and patted down by that TSA employee who probably wouldn't even qualify for an entry level job with my company." "And I really love standing at the baggage claim for an hour just to find out they lost my bag." Probably not, but sometimes we just have to bite the bullet and get on that damn plane.

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Well, I guess its who you know and who you blow, or which direction the wind blows that day. If it was Anthony Weiner, I imagine, exposed naughty bits would be, if not welcomed, not considered an arrestable offense. A dress code is their perogative, but arbitrary whims feel too reminiscent of "politics as usual" to suit me.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      When they pulled that baggy pants guy off the plane that was a clear indication for me that the pilot left his brain in another city. It is bad enough that we have to be subjected to groping TSA people but now the stewards and the rest of the crew get to decide what we should wear. Personally, I don't give a fig leaf about the cross dresser or the baggy pants guy just as long there isn't a stick of dynamite up their kazoo!