THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Airlines don’t have a clear and specific dress code for passengers — the general rule of the thumb airlines use to deny boarding to passengers for supposed dress code violation is ‘they’ll know it when they see it.”
This code has prevented the boarding of passengers wearing or showing, among numerous other things, excessive cleavage, expletive T-shirts, and yes, saggy pants. However, the code did not prevent a crossdressing person wearing women’s underwear from boarding one flight last June.
This lead to a ruckus by a lawyer defending an African-American passenger who was arrested after refusing to pull up his saggy pants on board the aircraft. The lawyer, Joseph O’Sullivan, has stated: “You can’t let someone repugnant like that (the cross-dresser from the June flight) on the plane and single out this kid (his client) because he’s black . . .”
Repugnant? The lawyer is clearly making an emotional appeal by casting CD people, and by association under the transgender umbrella, all trans people, in a stereotypic and negative manner. This statement alone invalidates the lawyer’s entire argument. As for pulling out the racial card, he may have a case for racial discrimination if he can show that white saggy pants wearers were knowingly allowed to fly on the same airline with the same pilot, but until he disassociate the case from transgender people, he’s back at square one as far as I’m concerned.
I’ve no solution for airlines to help make their dress codes more fair for passengers, but I will suggest that airlines state that they are not ever in the business of determining if gender-correct clothing are worn. This alone will put most trans people at ease.
Agree or disagree, feel free to comment.
(Story idea credit: Anita Oneida)
More on the crossdresser: http://blog.sfgate.com/crime/2011/06/21/man-flies-us-airways-in-womens-underwear-photo/
More on airline dress codes: Airlines: You can’t wear that | oregonlive.com.
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