Tuesday, June 21, 2011

No baggy pants on board, please

This story was featured on Yahoo! Sports yesterday – in light of Monday’s post, I thought I’d pass it along (and thanks to Chef Cookaloni for sending it my way):

(CNN) -- A passenger's refusal to pull up his saggy pants led to his arrest Wednesday aboard a US Airways flight at San Francisco International Airport, according to police.

The passenger, Deshon Marman, was arrested and held for trespassing, battery and interfering with the duties of a police officer following an incident that started at the gate, when agents asked Marman to pull up his pants to cover his underwear, said San Francisco Police Sergeant Michael Rodriguez…

Before and during boarding for US Airways Flight 488 to Phoenix, three US Airways employees asked Marman to pull up his pants, Rodriguez said... (Read the rest here.)

In another news report, the pants in question were identified as pajama pants. Now, I think wearing pajama pants in public should get you arrested. Y’all, pajama pants are for bedrooms, not airports. And whether or not his “buttocks” were visible is not the issue, either (although if that’s even in question your pants are too low).  If you watch the video on Yahoo!, you’ll see Mr. Marman claims he was arrested for wearing baggy pants. But that is simply what started the interaction between him and the flight crew. What got him arrested was disobeying the captain.

The captain asked him to leave his plane. Mr. Marman refused. The captain exercised his right to make a citizen’s arrest.

Y’all, in my world, disobeying the captain would never, ever, ever be allowed. Because my dad was the captain. Double-whammy. So I cannot even fathom not doing what someone on the flight crew told me to do. Going to jail would have been the least of my concerns.

And now Mr. Marman’s mom is asking the airline to issue an apology. Woman, are you insane? You should turn that son of yours over your knee until he apologizes to the flight crew and passengers. All he had to do was pull up his pants when a flight attendant asked him to. If he had done that, none of this would have happened.

Some people are making this a race issue. Mr. Marman’s mom certainly is. But above all, this is a lack of respect for authority issue.  If Mr. Marman had simply complied with a flight attendant who asked him to raise his drawers, none of this would have happened.

And in case anyone thinks wearing his pants low is a good idea, you better hope you don’t get frisked: