Monday, June 27, 2011

Double standard, US Airways?

Last week I wrote about Deshon Marman, the New Mexico football player who was arrested after an incident aboard a US Airways airplane. He was arrested for disobeying the pilot, but what started the brouhaha was his failure to pull up his pajama bottoms after being asked to by multiple airline personnel. I was quick to defend the airline; now, I’m not so sure.

Dennis Prager (he and Neal Boortz are my two favorite talk show hosts) posted a link to a story about US Airways allowing a man to fly wearing a bra and panties. Don’t believe me? Take a look:

Now, I’m no fan of boys walking around in droopy drawers (I previously posted about the less-than-well-dressed at the Secretary of State’s office), but I’d ten times rather sit next to someone with sagging pajama bottoms than a half-covered guy with his man bits nearly exposed.

US Airways is going to have a heck of a time defending their treatment of Mr. Marman after it gets out that they let this guy board their plane.

And it opens up the race angle – they let a white guy board a plane in a bra, blue panties, and black stockings but the fully covered black guy with pants below his waist gets read the riot act?

If, as an airline spokesman claims, US Airways does not have a dress code, I think a great big apology is owed to Mr. Marman. Before the cross-dressing man was exposed, I thought a public apology was enough. Now, I’m pretty sure that apology is going to written on a check full of commas and zeros.