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Man Kicked Off Flight for Sagging Pants

...And other unusual tales of being deplaned

By Rich_Maloof Aug 2, 2012 6:28PM

Photo: Dirk Anschutz/Getty ImagesSaggers, beware. Though the rest of the world really is thrilled to learn the color of your underwear, the staff at Spirit Airlines is clinging to the conservative notion that pants should be worn around the waist. The Chicago Tribune reported this week on a man who was asked by flight attendants to pull up his saggies. Apparently the passenger was willing to raise his voice but not his pants. After he became verbally abusive and threatened the attendants, he was booted in his thinly attired bottom and forced to deplane with his traveling companion.

This particular low-rider was more likely kicked off the flight for his threatening rant than for his low-riders, but it’s not the first time and won’t be the last that fashion trashing has pitted people against corporations and institutions. Every school season, some kid is suspended for an offending skirt or a shirt. The last time such a story made big news was when Katy Perry was cut from Sesame Street after showing too much cleavage to Elmo (and it’s only fair to note here that Elmo (a) is naked and (b) has a hand up his rear).

Schools and muppets get to make up their own rules, but the guidelines for passenger fashion and conduct are seldom well defined by airlines. Earlier this year, a woman with a healthy disdain for authority was prevented from boarding an American Airlines flight while wearing a T-shirt that read, If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d f*** a senator (the asterisks are ours, by the way). And this week’s Spirit sagger has some celebrity company: Billie Joe Armstrong from the band Green Day was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight last year in another sagging scene.

If your travel clothes don’t get you in trouble, something else will. Here are a few other ways you can be booted from a flight without rushing the cockpit, yelling “Bomb!” or being Alec Baldwin.

• Cry, and be 3 years old. Suggestion to parents: Buy a drink and a set of movie headphones for nearby passengers, and then for yourself.

Appear devout. Two American men, both Muslim, were ejected from an Atlantic Southeast Airlines flight for wearing traditional clothing that made other passengers uncomfortable. The men were headed to a conference on Islamaphobia.

• Appear sexy. When Kyla Ebbert wore a skimpy skirt and offended Southwest in 2007, it was the best publicity stunt she didn’t know she could pull: Ebbert later received an offer to pose for Playboy. Other passengers, like Malinda Knowles, turn out to be victimized by flight-crew perverts.

Quadriplegic? How dare you. Frontier Airlines was fined $50,000 for forcing John Morris off a flight when the pilot didn’t like how Morris had been strapped into his seat.

Dance erotically. Last year, a 39-year-old woman flying from Moscow apparently had a little too much to drink and started removing the eyeglasses of select fellow passengers and dancing for them evocatively.

Be too big. If you can’t fit your behind into a single seat, you may have to buy one ticket for each cheek. With any luck, the seats are next to each other.

Smell bad. You know what? They’re right, get off the plane.

Photo: Dirk Anschutz/Getty Images

Aug 3, 2012 4:45AM

I've read that this stupid fad came from jail. It was a way for inmates to let others know they "were available". Disgusting.


If only these kids knew, I bet most of them would never do it again.

Aug 3, 2012 4:22AM

Didn't anyone happen to notice at the security check if his pants fell down when he took his belt off???.....Shouldn't he be charged with indecent exposure...and let's be thankful that he was at least wearing SOME underwear!  ;-)


Aug 3, 2012 4:21AM
Its about time..........these sloppy pants are the dumbest things i've ever seen....what idiot came up with idea.....if you wear pants that you have to hold up all the time....YOUR AN IDIOT....AND YOU CERTAINLY LOOK LIKE ONE.
Aug 3, 2012 4:21AM
Oh where oh where were the flight attendants and pilots doing the putting passangers off for screaming, spiting up, poopy infants on either side of me and then after another passenger so gallantly offered to trade seats with me for his next to a drunk woman who had vomited and urinated all over herself and the seating area the time I stood up from Anchorage to Seattle on Alaska Airlines??? Now, I would go to the captain myself and ask that he put the unbarable stinkers in the same three seat section next to each other after the attendants thoroughly cleaned and disinfected the seats if they had not been put off before take off! The teen age girls with the babies didn't have diaper bags to change and clean the babies up. The pilot should have called for child protective services to meet the plane and take the kids into custody and police to arrest the drunk upon deplaning for public inebriation.
Aug 3, 2012 4:19AM
Aug 3, 2012 4:14AM
my solution would be do not line up like a heard of beef for the slaughter at the airport in the first place. how gullible the american people are to line up like morons for a screening in the name of 911 if you do a little research you would find out the truth. it is not hard to find.
Aug 3, 2012 4:07AM
You mean these people that want you to see their underwear...kick them off.
Aug 3, 2012 4:07AM
At the Y where I go I personally saw a kid told to pull his pants up. He did so. It wasn't a big deal.

When is MSN ever going to get the dating dialogue off from those articles like this one that has nothing to do with the dating game?

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