Airlines can and do say, "You can't wear that!"

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  1. paradigmsearch profile image60
    paradigmsearchposted 8 years ago

    "DALLAS (AP) — Airlines give many reasons for refusing to let you board, but none stir as much debate as this: How you're dressed. A woman flying from Las Vegas on Southwest this spring says she was confronted by an airline employee for showing too much cleavage. In another recent case, an American Airlines pilot lectured a passenger because her T-shirt bore a four-letter expletive. She was allowed to keep flying after draping a shawl over the shirt...." … nance.html

    1. Rod Marsden profile image68
      Rod Marsdenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      As long as I can see the person's face and they are not boarding a plane stark naked I am okay with how they are. I think chucking a person off a plane because you don't like what's on their T-shirt falls into the silliness basket. If a woman is supposedly showing too much cleavage I would no doubt pretend not to notice though I will have most definitely noticed. And it would be okay with me.

      In Australia the issue would be whether or not you would allow someone who is covering up most of their face on board. I would say no since in the west a person is most accountable by their actions when we can actually see and acknowledge for certain who they are.

    2. profile image54
      Aladam888posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thats an interesting piece of information you decided to maake into a thread. . . . i wasnt aware of it, maybe beacuase i never came across such a situation as yet. Its good though, you are in public and everone must show some level of etiquettes:)

  2. knolyourself profile image59
    knolyourselfposted 8 years ago

    I remember when people used to dress up to fly. It was a big deal. Now some look like they are about to take a shower, with bath slippers and bath towel clothes, showing anatomy I wouldn't want to particularly engage myself. Imagine the film 'Mata Hari' in a bathing suit.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image60
      paradigmsearchposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      They probably came straight from Walmart. lol

  3. peeples profile image94
    peeplesposted 8 years ago

    Any business can refuse service based on anything they want. That is great in my opinion!

    1. paradigmsearch profile image60
      paradigmsearchposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I generally agree, but what about all of us that are pro-boob?

      1. peeples profile image94
        peeplesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I'm pro boob too but hey if a business owner doesn't want to see my cleavage that's their right!

  4. Wr1t3r profile image69
    Wr1t3rposted 8 years ago

    As a flight attendant I greatly appreciate those who dress appropriately to fly. I understand that passengers are stuck on an airplane in a tiny space sometimes for several hours and they want to be comfortable, but show some respect for the people around you. We live in such a 'me me me' world and people don't seem to care about the people around them. It's really nice to see people show up dressed even a little appropriately for their flight.

    I have always heard that we act the way we dress. So I'm glad the airlines want people to dress appropriately. The last thing I need at 25,000 feet is someone who is going to start acting the way they dress.

    1. peeples profile image94
      peeplesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      That saying is completly not true for most people. I wear short shorts and cleavage tops but I am in fact quite reserved. I don't think a woman showing up in a  cleavage top  is going to start humping everyone there. I also see no disrespect towards anyone in wearing any type of clothing unless it has some sort of slur on it. I do however respect a business right to say what they want.

    2. Rod Marsden profile image68
      Rod Marsdenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I don't see why wearing a T-shirt with naughty words or some woman with a low cut blouse or dress should ruffle too many feathers. If the T-shirt is clean and the same can be said for the low cut dress or blouse then it should be case closed. There's nothing worse than having to sit next to someone who stinks to high heaven however they are dressed and being forced to do so for hours on a plane. This also would not be a comfortable situation for the air crew.

  5. psycheskinner profile image85
    psycheskinnerposted 8 years ago

    As long as there are clear rules I can understand it.  I would not be to keen on sitting next to someone half-naked or with a shirt covered in obscenities. Travel clothing should be 'polite'.

    1. profile image53
      westalan80posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I agree on the "polite" term. one should always dress up such that no one is offended. Especially considering the place you shall be departing or arriving at, because as soon as you reach the airport or are leaving from the airport, there are many people watching you, for instance if you are at Saudi airport, and being a women there will be many objections if you are inappropriately dressed

  6. jaydawg808 profile image87
    jaydawg808posted 8 years ago

    I can understand how people can be offended by expletive language written on shirts or garments.  However, this is infringing on our freedom of expression.  Granted, there is a time and place for these things, and during air travel, this may not be such the forum to be wearing that kind of clothes. 

    As for women showing too much cleavage, I can understand this, too.  However, I'm not sure what this will entice men to do.  I mean, if I were on a plane with a woman who showed too much cleavage, the only thing I would do is stare.  I mean, that's the only thing that I can do.  I wouldn't be stupid to make a snooty comment or yell at her.  I mean, we're all adults.  But, I can see the other end, too.  There is a time and place to wear suggestive clothing.  Not on an airplane. 

    I think, though, suggestive clothing and a person wearing a shirt with expletives should be the least of a traveler's concern.  My concern would be getting to my destination on time and in one piece.

  7. ftclick profile image56
    ftclickposted 7 years ago

    Re: However, this is infringing on our freedom of expression. "

    It is not just to do with American tolerances. It is international and not just FAA. So clothing on planes should respect all cultures, not one. You cannot walk outside with cleavage out like her in some countries or wear four-letter expletives saying "F the world" or "I am an atheist. Go blank...your...".
    I am for it as it shows respect for all people and societies working together. 
    Do kids really need to see foul words on clothing or women wearing bikini tops on a plane?
    We just all want safe transportation and a calm flight.

    1. wilderness profile image97
      wildernessposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Why is it that "tolerance" and "respect" always boil down to "you can't do this and you can't do that" instead of "you can do what you want as long as you harm no one"?

      Why does respect only go one way - the way of "you can't"?   What happened to tolerance and acceptance of other beliefs, respecting other people even though their beliefs are different?

  8. psycheskinner profile image85
    psycheskinnerposted 7 years ago

    There are recognized limits to freedom of expression.  Not everyone wants to sit next to a nudist, someone carrying a ceremonial dagger, or a person on a terrorist Halloween costume.  So the question is not whether to limit freedom, but how much.


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