American Airlines forced a man to change out of an obscene shirt if he wanted to remain onboard. In an era when a small pin is causing people to go crazy, thank goodness AA had enough common sense to enforce common decency.
Another Obscene Shirt On American Airlines
We’ve had this conversation before, but it takes on new urgency as we approach a particularly contentious presidential election in the USA. With racial unrest leading to civil unrest, emotions are raw and opinions deeply divided on matters of policing and race.
There’s nothing like inflaming the argument with an obscene t-shirt (or mask). One fellow decided to wear a t-shirt on his American Airlines flight which read:
You can buy one on Etsy…you can also buy one that says F BLM, F BIDEN, F SOCIALISM…
Yeah, no thanks.
Obviously, I get the shock value of such a t-shirt. After all, we’re having a conversation about it now. But not on a plane. Not when you are in a shared space with 100+ other people and there is nowhere to escape. And not when the f-word remains unacceptable in polite company.
American Airlines has a loose “I know it when I see” dress code policy. I still think it should be sharpened to avoid arbitrariness. That said, this sort of shirt clearly falls in the “offensive” category for even most people who oppose Trump and wish to defund the police and end racism.
As we approach November 3rd, let’s show respect to one another by refraining from forcing our opinions upon others in confined space like an airplane. Please.
Gary Leff says, “My suggestion though is to wear the [obscene] mask, or the shirt, through the airport – but not on the plane.” My advice is to leave your obscene material, even if expressing a sincere political belief, at home. The last thing we need in an era of idiots on planes is further cannon fodder for inflight mayhem.
Was this shirt appropriate under any context on an airplane?