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Her Tee Shirt Got Her Kicked Off a Flight

(Newser) – A woman missed an American Airlines connecting flight because she was wearing a pro-choice T-shirt with an obscenity about what she might do to a senator. The captain of a flight the woman was exiting scolded her over the shirt that read: “If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d f--- a senator,” and said she would have to change before boarding her next flight. “This conversation led to me missing my connecting flight," the passenger told RH Reality Check. Her abortion stand had nothing to do with the captain's response, according to an American Airlines spokesman. “The only reason she was asked to cover up her T-shirt was the appearance of the F-word on the T-shirt," he explained. "The outcome would have been exactly the same had the message been anti-abortion.”
American's "contract of carriage" states that the airline can bounce passengers if they're "clothed in a manner that would cause discomfort or offense to others"—though that's widely open to interpretation. "The irony is that she went through several layers of personnel and was allowed to fly," one attorney told MSNBC. But another travel attorney points out that it's ultimately up to the captain. "If he thinks other passengers may get upset, it becomes a safety issue," he added. The woman boarded a later flight, wearing a shawl to cover the shirt.

Mike's Thoughts;  I don't have any problem with the message itself or a person's right to offer up the message, but I do think her choice of delivery was questionable at best.

We talk alot about Free Speech in this country (and rightfully so) but people forget that not all speech is protected under the 1st Amendment. 

And like it or not, using the F-Bomb in your political slogan doesn't make you seem smart and informed.  It makes you seem like an idiot with an axe to grind.

05/24/2012 4:57AM
Her Tee Shirt Got Her Kicked Off a Flight
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05/25/2012 8:53PM
Political expression
As with everything, there's a time and a place for it. Maybe among her friends the shirt would have been completely acceptable and everyone would have a big ha-ha. Among strangers, however, she has no right to be so insensitive to the feelings ofothers. Her right free speech does not include the right to go about it in so offensive a manner.
05/31/2012 2:27PM
American's "contract of carriage" states that the airline can bounce passengers if they're "clothed in a manner that would cause discomfort or offense to others" To me I'm discomforted and offended by people in suits or uniforms of any kind. Does this mean that if I said I was offended and uncomfortable that American Airlines would kick anyone in a suit or uniform off the plane? That means the flight crew would have to change into civilian clothes. Passengers in suits would have to change. Where would it all end? Do we need to kowtow to every person's comfort? One word on a t-shirt shouldn't matter enough to kick them off a flight unless that word is BOMB or an actual threat.
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