A “celebrity” has accused American Airlines of forcing her to undress in front of other passengers. I’m very skeptical.
Aubrey O’Day shared her story via Twitter, claiming a male flight attendant forced O’Day to undress in front of the cabin because he did not like her shirt.
When asked for details from American Airlines, O’Day said:
I gave you his name. I literally have no interest in dealing with your airline any further. I’m that offended and disturbed. I wish I took @JetBlue.
She did name the flight attendant in her earlier tweet.
Fans took to her side, with many concluding the flight attendant must have been a pervert. O’Day was quick to dismiss that charge:
I didn’t get pervert vibes. I got someone that I feel genuinely hated me. he wasn’t kind. and I don’t believe his feelings were handled correctly.
So, let’s step back for a moment. Why would a flight attendant ask O’Day to change shirts? What possible reason would he have for making her undress in front of other passengers? Why did she refuse to share a picture of the shirt or at least share what it said?
A Vulgar T-Shirt?
TMZ, the bastion of hard news and fact-based reporting, caught up with some other passengers on the flight.
It appears the shirt had the phrase “F— Trump” on it along with an image of a hand raising a middle finger (it at least had the F-word on it). When she was asked to change into a different shirt, she claimed she had no change of clothes. It was then that the FA advised her she could turn her shirt inside out. O’Day threatened to complain on social media and begrudgingly turned her shirt inside out…in front of everyone. At no point was she told she had to change in front of everyone and the lavatory was open.
If True, Flight Attendant Should Be Applauded
Generally, free speech rights do not extend to private corporations and never extend to subjecting others to unwanted vulgarities. If she was wearing the “F— Trump” or just a “F—” shirt, then the flight attendant was right to require her to remove the offending garment.
AA’s dress code is not exactly clear:
Dress appropriately; bare feet or offensive clothing aren’t allowed.
While that line between what is offensive and what is not can be arbitrary, a shirt with the F-word certainly crosses it, at least in my opinion.
I’m not making authoritative conclusions as to what happens, but I really think it is suspicious that O’Day refuses to clarify the content of her shirt.
Just curious, would you be offended by a shirt with such coarse language?