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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 12:53AM
Stupid piece of worthless-to-society trash. They should have not let the punk on the plane in the FIRST place.
Aug 3, 2012 12:51AM
Good, it's about time someone address this ridiculous practice. They thinks it cool, but it's just  f 'king ignorant!!! 
Aug 3, 2012 12:39AM
I am a flight attendant and I have sternly asked people to pull up their pants...there are children on board....never had a problem.  We are not allowed to profile.  If someone is on the large size I just move him to double sitting alone (they appreciate that).  If they smell bad I spray around them (when they are not looking) with lav spray.  The problem with children is that the parents allow them, while boarding, to stand in their seats, sit on the floor (dirty) and let them play with the overhead light.  Then when it's time to get everyone in their seats the kids refuse to and that's when the tantrums begin.  People do not respect airlines and airline travelling anymore.  The passengers in pajamas are laughable!!!!
Aug 3, 2012 12:34AM

If it's a safety issue then shouldn't the fatties get a discount? After all, in the event of a water landing they can be used as flotation devices...

"Hey, honey, grab the kids! We can fit at least six more on this heffer!"

Aug 3, 2012 12:34AM
I'm glad someone has taken a stand against saggy pants!  I hate them.  The jail house look isn't fashionable and most people don't like looking at guys butts/underware.  If my son were to look like that, he'd never leave the house until his pants were pulled up...and stayed up.  And if I had a daughter, she wouldn't be going out with any guy with saggy pants.
Aug 3, 2012 12:31AM
I didn't realize this was 1950 again, and there is a dress code for flights. Baggy pants are no worse than the sweatpants and dirty t-shirts I see other slobs wearing at the airport. 

Not to mention the fact that he will be SITTING DOWN the whole time. And this business about "security issue." Please. Unless he's seated in an emergency row, it's not an issue at all. 

Everyone is quick to jump on baggy pants. Much of it is racially driven. But just think about this, the airlines and the TSA would love to dictate exactly how everyone looks at the airport. Baggy jeans first, what next? Soon, flying will be like a voluntary punishment.  
Aug 3, 2012 12:25AM
What about women with sagging breasts?
Aug 3, 2012 12:25AM

Kids with their pants down like that are making statement.


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