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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

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Aug 3, 2012 6:25AM
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I love to travel by air! Flying is the way to go,even with delays and lay-overs more travel distance can be done in a half a day than driving by land. Its fun too! I notice people like to dress their best when flying,every now and then there are those who rather dress down than dress up. I feel that airliners have a right to uphold dress codes and those who can't respect this shouldn't fly!
Aug 3, 2012 6:19AM
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j dogg you haven't been to the pen don't get in trouble and go there they will take your man hood becuase you don't know what the F you are talking about it did start in the pen and it say to the ones that like screwing man in the Butt that you are looking for that.

so go in there AND THINK THAT IF YOU WANT. I'm not trying to put you down but you haven't been there by the way you are talking I'm an American African who did 3 1/2 years in SQ cali and it's true I seen alot of young guys get there man hood taken because they thought just like you one was a friend of mine from EPA Cali who grew up with me I tried to tell him when he came in there and he thought just like you too cool to listen it's not a hip hop thang it's just a long over used fad so it is what it is man. wake up and pull your pants up.

Aug 3, 2012 6:12AM
Aug 3, 2012 6:06AM
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"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."

 

Now, that conference was taking place in Israel, right?

Aug 3, 2012 6:05AM
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Jail House Buddies Like You To Ride Trousers Low so they know That You Are Ready For Them To Just RIDE YOU  PAL !

 

Know that You Boyz think this is Cool NOT !

 

Fashoin statement to let other Jail House Buddies  know you are ready or Rear Entry - WOW - What a bunch of lame Kids..................

Aug 3, 2012 6:03AM
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It's reassuring to see their concentrating on terrorism. 
Aug 3, 2012 5:59AM
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I think its funny these companies want to turn away thier client tell and then turn around and charge you fools another new fee/s the next year. Keep it coming I dont fly and it isnt costing me one cent by them turning away business theyll end up just burying themselves in the long run.

Anyone says its a jail thing to sag is a ignorant idiot that has no sense of reality and just a brainwashed fool with no common sense.

Sagging pants is a hip hop thing on the streets, where have you been living the past 20 years?

Get a clue, today they dont like saggy pants tomorrow they might not like the color of your skin... Racist's(all racism is is hating something or someone because they are different) are deep in America So all I say  is **** the Racists.

NOw go pay some higher fees you idiots and dont expect me to feel sympathetic for you because its what you like.

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