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Old 10-06-2005, 07:49 PM   #1
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Woman Booted Off Flight Over T Shirt

Reno, Nevada

A woman was booted off a Southwest Airlines flight for wearing a T- shirt that bore an expletive and images of President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Lorrie Heasley of Woodland, Wash., said she plans to press a civil- rights complaint against the airline over Tuesday's action at Reno- Tahoe International Airport, halfway through Heasley's scheduled trip from Los Angeles to Portland, Ore.

"I have cousins in Iraq and other relatives going to war," Heasley told the Reno Gazette-Journal. "Here we are trying to free another country and I have to get off an airplane ... over a T-shirt. That's not freedom."

Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Marilee McInnis said several passengers complained about the shirt.

Heasley, a 32-year-old lumber saleswoman, said passengers began complaining after she and her husband, Ron, moved to the front of the cabin in Reno.

She agreed to cover the words with a sweatshirt, but when the sweatshirt slipped while she was trying to sleep, she was ordered to wear her T-shirt inside-out or leave.

She and her husband left. They arrived home in a rental car Wednesday afternoon.

McInnis said Southwest rules allow the airline to deny boarding to any passenger whose clothing is "lewd, obscene or patently offensive."

But Allen Lichtenstein, lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union in Las Vegas, said it "might be problematic" that the airline "changed rules in the middle of a flight."

Heasley said she has been in touch with ACLU lawyers in Seattle, and wants Southwest to reimburse her for the last leg of the trip.
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Good...I am sick of vulgarity becomming ok in our society.
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it is a nice t-shirt
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Old 10-06-2005, 08:05 PM   #5
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Does this airline issue the rules which state they can deny access to any passenger with lewd, obscene or patently offensive clothing? If so, she should suck it up. Her fault.
The can of worms is defining what is considered lewd, obscene or patently offensive though. Clearly she didn't feel it was, so whose terms do you use to define that?


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"Here we are trying to free another country and I have to get off an airplane ... over a T-shirt. That's not freedom."

Where do you find these stories, Mrs S? I love your threads!
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Is that the t-shirt she wore deep? Where's Condi?

I'd rather see that on a flight any day than put up w/ drunks, screaming kids, over the top makeout sessions, and people w/ bo. That's more offensive to me

Thanks Angela they're usually on Yahoo news or www.breitbart.com ..usually it's under "odd news" "most popular", that sort of thing
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Does this airline issue the rules which state they can deny access to any passenger with lewd, obscene or patently offensive clothing? If so, she should suck it up. Her fault.
The can of worms is defining what is considered lewd, obscene or patently offensive though. Clearly she didn't feel it was, so whose terms do you use to define that?


Love this, though:



Where do you find these stories, Mrs S? I love your threads!
I consider the work "Fucker" on a shirt obscene and offensive.
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I consider the work "Fucker" on a shirt obscene and offensive.
if you can
work it on a shirt

i consider that
quite resourceful
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Is that the t-shirt she wore deep? Where's Condi?

maybe she has her husband's back
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how so?
just kidding you

i thought you mis-spelled word



i do think red-staters would have been equally offended if it said "Fockers"

which would have been more clever, imo
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I'm astonished people really noticed and complained.

I wouldn't give a flying fuck as I don't really care what other people wear. Seems to me a pretty petty thing to complain about.
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ive seen their show airline, southwest are like the beer police. oh you had a drink, you cant fly. no way id fly that crap. maybe it made the tv filming. trying to boost the ratings like cnn
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free speech anyone?
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I saw that shirt in the mall recently...I almost bought it. I figured I'd rather spend my money on food and CDs.
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it is a nice t-shirt

Hmm... I'm really split by this.


Initially, I would say "come on, what is the US turning into, Communist?" It seems like everywhere someone is getting "offended".

But then... the lady is responsible for her actions. Anyone and everyone should know about 9/11, about people being ancy, and the airline agencies not "flying so high" when it comes to making money - they can't afford major lawsuites...... again........


So really, I don't know.



It's not exactly like wearing a Red Sox shirt into Yankees stadium... but almost. And since we are "delicate" in that we can only say certain words on general TV (but anything on public radio... which irratates me)...

I guess the law of the land is the law at hand.
I, personally would never wear that shirt in public, unless I wanted to ruffel a bunch of feathers or I knew someone who would really get a kick out of it.

But on an airplane?


I say she is in the wrong.
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I believe that is the T-shirt...or one that is similar.

My question....how did the sweatshirt "slip"?

My feeling is that people are way over reacting to this.


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ive seen their show airline, southwest are like the beer police. oh you had a drink, you cant fly. no way id fly that crap. maybe it made the tv filming. trying to boost the ratings like cnn
Guess what? This is EVERY airline. If you are overly intoxicated...I do not want you on my plane! You are a danger to not only yourself, but every other passenger stuck in this flying steel tube. Add to the fact that you become even MORE dehydrated when flying, that you quickly become a health risk.

I have denied people before. And I will do it again.
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What do you mean, how did it slip? She might not have been very reclined in her seat, and while asleep, it could very well have slid onto her lap.

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Some people are so easily offended it's a miracle they even make it outside without getting a heart attack.
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What do you mean, how did it slip? She might not have been very reclined in her seat, and while asleep, it could very well have slid onto her lap.

I am not sure about Aussie planes...but seats don't really recline so much that a sweatshirt could "slip" - if you put the sweatshirt on....it should not "slip"!

Again...people are way over-sensitive.
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