Southwest: Oops, It Did It AGAIN
Okay, this time even Southwest admits it went too far.
If you didn't hear, airline employees once again criticized a passenger's wardrobe as being too risque and threatened to kick said passenger off the plane. The difference this time: It was a guy.
According to a story filed by the Dallas Morning News, "Largo [Fla.] resident Joe Winiecki said he was sitting in the last row of a Columbus-to-Tampa flight when an employee told him he had to change his T-shirt, turn it inside out or get off the plane. The shirt, bought in the Virgin Islands, uses sexual double entendre to promote a fictional fishing tackle shop. The largest lettering reads 'Master Baiter.' Winiecki argued that the airline was violating his right to free speech but changed rather than risk getting kicked off the flight and missing a day of work. 'It's really disappointing in this country when I can't travel from Ohio to Florida with the clothes on my back,' Winiecki said. 'Who's to say what's offensive and what's not?' "
A Southwest spokesman said today the employee made a mistake.
If you remember, student Kyla Ebbert recenlty was told by the airline to cover up what had been deemed a provocative outfit. She complied, then went ranting and raving to any media outlet within earshot about the incident. SWA then apologized and offered her free tickets; she declined.
It's odd that Southwest is the only airline that's been accused of this, isn't it? And this guy's T-shirt actually seems sorta funny, though you wouldn't probably catch me wearing it. Still, it's always surprising to me to see what people are willing to have printed on a T-shirt, and while no examples spring to mind, I'm pretty sure I've seen a lot worse.
What do you guys think?
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