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iReporter Lisa Oaks posted an iReport this week that caught our eye -- a photo of a man in the Dallas Fort-Worth Airport wearing short shorts and a halter top. "This is ok for a male revue nightclub, but not for public daytime," said Oaks, whose husband Mark snapped the shot.
According to Mark, the passenger was allowed to board his American Airlines flight, which he said came as a surprise. "If a woman was dressed like that, there's no way she would get past the parking lot," he said. Lisa echoed his thoughts. "Rules of dress in public places like airports should be uniform policy and enforced for all sexes," she explained.
American Airlines' conditions of carriage state that passengers who are "clothed in a manner that would cause discomfort or offense to other passengers" may be refused entry on flights. We have contacted the airline for additional comments on this issue.
This isn't the first time airline passengers' clothing choices have made the news. In 2007, a Southwest flight attendant reprimanded a woman for wearing a tiny miniskirt that showed too much skin. And it seems everyone's talking lately about the flight attendant who made a dramatic exit on a Jet Blue flight and the frustrated flyer who slapped a baby.
We want to hear your personal take on this issue. Should airlines restrict what passengers can or can't wear on flights? Should there be different rules for men and women? What kinds of outfits or bizarre behaviors have caught your attention at airports?
Share your thoughts in the comments field below, but please try to stay respectful. We look forward to joining in the conversation and watching it unfold.
This makes me uncomfortable and I even with to art school!
Forget the airlies, should CNN be allowed to run such a picture?!
I don't think I've ever seen anything this awful. Gone are the days when people use to dress up to travel. Now, everything is shorts,flip-flops, halter-tops, jeans with holes and not only is this so obvious at airports, but in churches, theaters, etc. It is sad that we are becoming a nation without culture.
I don't care what people where or don't wear. I just want to be able to mock them. :-)
The only place I would expect to see this is at a WalMart, but...it happened. AA should be embarassed it let him on their plane.
Ugh! I should be mocked for my bad grammar. Apologies!
to answer this sensitive question... NO... stop making the U.S. a police state people can wear what they wear..."OH IM SORRY, I THOUGHT THIS WAS AMERICA... IM SORRY, IM SORRY... I THOUGHT THIS WAS AMERICA!!!" (Randy Marsh)
I agree that it is a rather disturbing image, and I doubt I would be caught dead in camo, but.... Who is the moral police in the United States? I thought they only had those in Saudi Arabia and possibly some other theocratic state. Yes, the person should consider his fellow passenger, but shouldn't his fellow passenger consider his wishes also? It's great to talk about morals, as long as you're part of the moral majority. On the other hand, what about those who don't share your morals? Or, heaven forbid, you find yourself in the minority and are told you must dress in a way that doesn't conform to your ideals. "I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it?"
Strange freakin' dude, I wouldn't want to sit anywhere near him. Still, though, I don't see a reason to censor this, dude has a right to be whoever he wants to be.
Suckiesuckie...I take great offense at your commentary about fat people. Not everyone who is "fat" is that way by over eating. Trust me I live with it. I had my thyroid gland removed when I was 21 years old and no matter how much thyroid supplement I am given, it does not do the job that my thyroid did. It merely keeps me alive. Am I so large I couldn't sit comfortably next to you on a plane...no. I flew with my job for years and never encroached on anyone else's personal space. But to poke fun of and assume that every single person who is overweight is that way due to over eating is a travesty and shows just how stupid most people really are. Walk in my shoes for a day...you'd love it...I just know you would! NOT! Now let me see...are you bald? Maybe you're ugly? Hmmm...I got it...you're a jerk! Poke!
What a pathetic individual, you would think that if enough people ridiculed this moron that he would get the hint! Doesn't he look like Barney Frank, or maybe Harry reid!
If everyone flew naked, the lines through security would move much faster.
Why would I dress up to fly on a plane? Because sitting in a metal tube for a couple hours is that kind of occasion. I wear shorts or sweats, and a tshirt. I also make sure to take a couple of xanax with a double shot of vodka right before I board. That way, I pass out and am not annoyed by the whole experience.
There should be an airline fee for disturbing appearance.
Very, very funny, until he takes the seat next to you!
i dont care who ya are...thats funny...lol...
Oh Beautiful, America
To hell with free speech,cover up for christsakes
While I dont think there should be a strict dress code (not just for the airport,but public in general) but there are some things some people just shouldnt wear,maybe at the gym that would be ok,but thats it.Cover up people,you dont have to pull out the burqa but at least keep it modest
Honestly, while this gentleman may be totally within his rights to dress this way (he did cover all the naughty bits, after all), he is definitely outside the bounds of good taste. Good taste doesn't imply utter conformity, it's all about respect for the feelings of people around you. In particular, the people who are put in close proximity without any real choice in the matter. The same could be said for those who wear too much perfume, or don't bathe. I must say, however, that one visit to peopleofwalmart.com will reveal that the bounds of acceptable(?) public attire are getting expanded every day (and not in a good way, in most cases).
It's a free country, he might be the nicest man you ever met. Anyone shocked should go and spend more time in SF. That is tame. Don't judge a book by it's cover.
That's what happens when you have a million news outlets, a 24 hour news day and not enough "real news." You end up with crap like this masquerading as "news." All this while Rome burns.
Well, hey, this qualifies as free entertainment. People watching at its best!!
As a flight attendant, I am appalled at this picture. Would those of you who say he has the right to wear whatever feel the same way sitting next to him and he experiences "fallout" from those brief shorts? (This kind rarely wears underwear. "It's too confining.")
Besides, he's the very type who gets on the plane half-naked and then expects the cabin temperature to be adjusted to his personal comfort level. If everyone else is sweating and complaining it's too hot, well, too bad. He has a chill.
Trust me. I deal with this everyday.
Was that flight headed to a gay bar?
Viva la Devolucion!
I am hoping that this guy lost a bet and had to do this. I'm hoping that he didn't actually put this collection of clothing on his person, look in a mirror and think to himself 'I look GOOOOOODDD', leave the house and stand in a public place in a pose that begs to be stared at because he thinks he has great taste. Can you image what his house looks like? Or even better, what can his Friday-night-slutty-outfit possibly consist of? I'm all for freedom of expression, but that works two ways, we get the same freedom of expression to mock him.
Let me add, we deal everyday with things not so extreme, but just as inappropriate for travel. People get on the airplane looking like they just got out of bed or came in from working in the yard. People, dress in layers when you travel! That way you can put on or take off as needed. One airplane's a/c system may be sort of on the fritz and it's too warm. The next one you board creates enough cold air, you could hang fresh meat. And, when you have 100-250 passengers in the same aluminum tube, what do you think the odds are that everyone will be comfortable at the same time.
And, it's always the 2 out of 250 who are uncomfortable that complain the most and expect the cabin temp to be adjusted to their personal comfort level.
Yep...the choker waaaas a bit much.
I'm not sure why he chose to dress this way...afterall in Micronesia, it is way wrong to bare the hips, but bare boobies are ok. In the USA, bare boobies - no, bare hips are fine.
I appreciate the fact he chose not to wear a thong...grateful. They would look terrible with the boots.
At least you know he isnt hiding a weapon under there.
Grandpa what did we tell you about leaving the house dressed like that!!!!
Cyndieking, I hate to destroy your beliefs, but yes, he probably did put it on and think, "I look GOOD." The ability of the human mind to deceive itself is boundless. I once had a couple get on a Las Vegas flight. Both of them appeared to weigh in excess of 250 lbs. Both were dressed in Day-Glo spandex top and bottom. Neither had on any foundation garments of any kind. And, you could tell from their facial expressions and general attitude that they thought they were hot looking.
To this day, when I think of them I want to go get a stick to poke out my mind's eye with. lol
Although he looks like a fool - he may not be one. I would never dress like this but he has every right to. I fear those who think they can or should dictate what others wear - we have far more pressing issues. And to the flight attendant - ya, I get that his clothing may lead to his discomfort - he should have thought about that - this is where he has to take responsibility for his choice in clothing.
Welcome to America. While I love the freedoms we have sometimes I just want to deny them to others, like this guy. His Friday night clothes probably consist of a thong, two Buzz LightYear round bandaids and a pearl necklace instead of the choker. The thigh-high stockings add an interesting touch and on Fridays they're probably fish-net. I do believe he should stick with the camo, tho. Its probably the best color combination for him.
Oh my eyes! I think I need to wash them out with soap. Although I find the outfit distasteful in oh so many ways you should never mix your camo patterns but lace softens the look a little. If he was permitted to fly in that outfit then anyone who wants to wear similar should be permitted to fly as well. I really hope there are not many people who would go out in public dressed (or undressed) like that.
while it's true people do travel wearing anything they choose, my thoughts are where has pride gone, people today want to look just as slouchy as possible, it attract attention, and that is what they crave. Today I look at folks, and instead of saying look how nice he/she is dressed, I say how low can you go
There doesn't have to be a law about what to wear but a company is well within it's rights to require a dress code that demonstrates a certain amount of decorum. I expect when I go into a restaurant that if I were dressed inappropriately they would not serve me....airlines should have the same policies in place. This is getting ridiculous! I agree with swamprattler- people have no pride in what they wear!
Forget pride, forget dress codes, forget free blankets and pretzels for God's sake... Can the airline industry please put full attention and effort towards reducing and eliminating arrival and departure delays???
I could care less what the guy or girl to my left and right are wearing(I'll be dressed according to my own comfort level and self-respect) all I want is for the airline to take off and land within a reasonable time frame according to the flight schedule. Can't we make that happen?
atlasdesign - i laughed at the art school comment!! Had the same sentiments... (I won't forget "Big John" from a drawing class who made his own skirts!)
I hate the color blue. No one who wears blue of any kind should be allowed to be in public. This includes blue eyes. Get over it!
Let's kill him. Kill everyone that we do not like. Oh wait...that is Christianity
Nice lace stockings. ;) Having lived in and visited around cities in America all my life this is just another eccentric person. Most people try to use common sense in dressing out in the public, just look the other way and go about your life, it's better for your blood pressure.
I saw this same guy in the FT Lauderdale airport in March dressed very similar... this is nothing new. It is not appropriate travel attire.
This is a bit much but then again he is dressed. I’m sure he would have an interesting story to tell if you did sit next to him. But I would rather sit next to him than sit next to someone who bath in their perfume or cologne. Come on people PLEASE do not wear perfume or cologne when you know you are going to be in such a confined place. People have allergies to them. But do take a bath and wear deodorant. As far as fat people go….. Believe me they would not be fat if they had a choice. There is more to it than just over eating. No one wants to be fat. I am fat and I cringe every time I have to fly and believe me I don’t fly unless I have to because I know how uncomfortable it makes people. That is why I really wish the airlines would offer larger sets for the large size people at a reasonable price. Buying two seats is not something most people can afford if they could they would buy full fare first class. We just all need to be a little more understanding of each other. It is not all about you. If you think what you are wearing will offend someone then maybe you should rethink your choice. Dress according to the situation.
What's funny is that no one around him seems to give a hoot either! Who's he hurting? American Airlines knows that it would cause more trouble that it would be worth to deny him boarding. I just feel sorry for his seatmate - it would take a very tolerant person to just thumb through the in flight magazine or the Sky Mall catalog and ignore him.
Did he loose a bet???
We should, at the very least, reserve our judgment until we see the shoes.
Seriously, the only taste some people have is in their mouth.
That isn't a man. It's Jamie Lee Curtis.
Yeah, I think the shoes, which we don't see, could make or break the outfit!
Do not wear a light up LED flashing tee shirt like the lady did at Logan in Boston. They closed the airport, arrested her and she was found guilty of I have no idea what. People are watching too many Hollywood movies. Get real, In Vegas they sell those light up tee shirts at the airport.
Airlines really should enforce a business casual rule. Air travel has become like riding a flying bus.
Yes, it appears that most travelers today dress as if they just finished mowing their lawn but the discussion should be mandatory bathing. I have flown all over the world from coach to first class seats. There is nothing worse than sitting next to someone who decided they didn't feel like showering before a flight. I will put up with the slob anyday as long as they have showered. A domestic flight is pretty bad but being seated next to a passenger on a 13 hour international flight is just horrible. Instead of handing out peanuts I say give the passengers wipes. Atleast it would make flying more bearable.
The way I dress at the airport is neat but comfortable, but the main thing is that I want to be able to get the heck out of the plane safely and easily in case something happens. Closed toed shoes has a good advantage over flipflops.
Each to their own but some general decorum is desired.
That picture is so wrong and so funny.
He must be a frequent flier - those seats CAN be restrictive.
It is obvious that we do not have enough mirrors in this country. You would never see this in Europe. People have respect for each other and dress accordingly. This person should have never been allowed to board the aircraft.
I agree looks photoshopped...no one in the background is looking his way and some of the places where skin meets clothing seem a little off.
Looks like someone lost a bet.
"clothed in a manner that would cause discomfort or offense to other passengers"??? seriously? would that silly get up cause someone "discomfort"? what is this country coming to? next thing you know we will have to wear a burqua to "make it through the parking lot" to get inside the airport and then get strip searched to make it past security!
We have a local named Willard who routinely dreses like this, but sometime he switches it up and dons a platinum blonde wig and neon yellow string bikini with stilettos. Nice. By the way, he's a registered sex offender. Makes me wonder. I wouldn't want my kid sitting next to this guy on a plane. I could handle being seated next to him though. Wierdos don't bother me.
Last time I checked, you are allowed to wear whatever you want on an airplane and in the airport, clothing wise. You see plenty of people in ridiculous 9-inch heels that they can barely walk in or shorts with their booty hanging out.
This guy can wear whatever he wants. As long as it doesn't break the indecent exposure laws (regardless of your opinions on what is appropriate dress) he should be allowed to get on the plane. AA should not be embarrassed- they'd be discriminating if they didn't allow him on the plane. I don't have to agree with what he's wearing to say he should still be allowed on the plane.
For airline travel, you should wear long pants and at least a short sleeved shirt. For shoes, wear slip ons with socks. Walking through TSA checkpoint with barefeet is gross. The amount of bugs that are on the airplane seat from the millions of passengers who have ridden before you skeeves me out. I always change as soon as I get to my destination. It's about hygiene, forget freedom of speech. Protect the public's health. He should not have been allowed on the plane until he covered up.
My husband and I were leaving from the Providence airport when I noticed a guy in line that looked like he hadn't had a bath in some time. The kicker, though, was that his pants were held together with duct tape!
Live and let live. If it makes you feel "uncomfortable", don't look. Part of being an American is that we are free to express ourselves however we choose. I personally am not glad to see an old man in skimpy clothes, but who am I (or you) to dictate how he should dress.
Um, are you sure this is an American Airlines passenger/flight? In the photo they are near gate E38. AA doesn't operate at all from the E concourse.
As far as I can see he's only exposing his belly button. What's the big deal. Next you'll want it like High School where you can't wear slogans on your t-shirts.
While you're sitting on the plane you won't see anymore of him than you would someone whose belly is too big for their shirt. If you don't like his dubious fashion sense than don't look at him and don't talk to him. The airline is just there to get him from point A to point B.
Get a life people!!
Unless his tank top and thigh-highs start speaking, this isn't about free speach people. It is about self expression.
While we do have the freedom of expression, with all freedoms come responsibility. Ahhh, yes, responsibility. Just because we can does not mean we should. There is a difference.
And don't I have a "right" to NOT be subjected to things I find heinous?
Yes, it offends me to see people with long hair, white shoes, beards, and red t-shirts. Also, I get upset with people who carry children on planes and accept the lousy snacks offered by the airlines. Can someone do anything about these aggravations that threaten my well-being?
Welcome to the new USA, where self-centeredness rules. This man could not look less ridiculous even if he tries harder. But that's his right, as much as it is mine to laugh at him.
Can people get a live and stop dictating everyone else how to live? It's getting old.
And by the way, if this is the new definition of "news" we are in serious trouble.
As long as his purse matches his shoes, and he doesn't smell, we should probably let him be. I'd rather sit by him than someone who hasn't washed. Being on an international flight anywhere near someone who hasn't bathed doesn't just offend, it's horrific. It happened to me last week.
This is interesting. I wonder what my 5 year old would say if this person was sitting next to us? You never know what kids will say! Not so long ago we were sitting next to a very large women, who needed an extra belt, and had to lift the arm rests and sort of took "half" his seat. He said very loudly, "Mommy, that lady is TOO fat to fly in a plane, she does not fit in her seat".
This gentleman was on a flight I took earlier this year to London Gatwick. I was in envoy class and overheard an elderly couple in front of me ask the flight attendant about his attire. He was seated in the front row Envoy Plus section. It's my understanding that he is a frequent traveller between the US and UK making the crossing a couple of times a month. He seemed nice enough. Are there not better things for people to do than worry about how others are dressed? I mean really?
Can't believe some of the crap I have read here, "you should wear this or that", "you should do as I expect" "you should believe the way I believe" blah blah blah blah blah...Get over it, this may not be your cup of tea but you have no right or business telling people what they can or can't wear in public. Personally this made be laugh so hard I was crying, guy's got a lot of balls to go out looking like that. Embrace the differences in people, just because you feel uncomfortable means crap to everyone but you.
So its okay for me to dress like a pirate minus my sword and flintlocks, do I have to leave my Rum at home? I think I will take a ship instead.
I don't care what people wear. I wouldn't wear it, and its pretty ridiculous looking, but its legal. I think it might be photoshopped also. Let's worry about bigger issues.
As long as an airline doesn't nickle and dime me with extra charges like checked in baggage, snacks, drinks, etc. I'd fly on any airline that had no dress codes to where old fat people can fly naked if they want.
"clothed in a manner that would cause discomfort or offense to other passengers""
Priests with their stupid collar cause me discomfort.
Muslims with their head gear cause me discomfort.
Jews with their silly caps cause me discomfort.
I find that head gear that Siks wear, rather offensive.
Women that wear pants are cross dressers, they shouldn't be allowed to fly.
Soon they'll stop me from flying because I don't wear underwear. What next.
This was pretty ugly but I don't really care about how someone looks. I can always close my eyes or turn my head. But if someone smells and other people have to deal with the odor, it's a totally different matter. You can't just stop breathing for the duration of a flight. Stinky people shouldn't be allowed.
I'm allergic to Deodorant, anyone wearing deodorant should not be allowed on the plane as that would make me unable to breathe.
Look in the upper left-hand corner of the picture. See the E38? American Airlines doest't have any gates in terminal E at DFW. But, "American Airlines is being contacted". Verify people, verify.
Seems like a lot of people are full opinions. The problem is most of you would scream as though your arm got cut off if you were told to conform to everybody else's opinions. And to those who think we Americans are uptight, look in your own country and realize that you probably have just as many opinionated, self righteous morons telling everyone what is acceptable and what is not.
I'm not sure the camo goes with the boots and he should definitely have a hat.
Telling the people what to wear and what to do sounds like a communism to me. Are we in China or in the US?
I'm just glad that people like the Oaks aren't allowed to decide what the rest of the public wears. My take on it. Mind your business. This guy isn't doing anything to hurt you. I'm sick of that element that thinks their silly morality or preferences should apply to everyone. I'm offended to even read this piece about such small minded people.
I'll sit next to him. Bet he wouldn't hog the arm rest or poke me in the chest with his elbow like SOME guys (you know who you are).
Those of you feigning your disgust are only masking your excitement over this gentelman's exceeding HOTNESS.
I don't even consider this a moral issue, or police issue, but a taste issue. His outfit is pretty tasteless, but I doubt it hurt anyone. Gone are the days when people had a little bit more common sense as far as clothing and what to wear in public. At least he HAS clothes on!
A 3 time Austin, TX mayoral candidate dresses like that daily. Leslie Cochran (wikipedia him). Who actually cares enough?
WHO CARES?!?!?! I love all the comments about having no pride, standards or culture. If you're upset because someone is wearing baggy shorts, flip-flops, camo shorty shorts, whatever, you have too much time on your hands and some serious insecurities to deal with. I'll keep my comfy shorts & flip-flops out of your seat bubble if you keep your suit & loafers out of mine.
That is the wrong belt for those shorts.
I fail to understand why this is News. Who cares if a guy with no taste gets on an airplane?
@Foolkiller.... What's so scary, this really isn't Photoshopped!!!! I'm a frequent flyer that has seen this guy in my terminal a few times. You can tell as he struts through the terminal (and when I say "struts," I really mean "struts like a hooker that will do ANYTHING for $10") that he enjoys the attention. What's even scarier than the thought that this photo is real, this is probably the most conservative outfit I've seen him in (seriously).
Hi all. Jumping in about the American Airlines comments. We confirmed the flight number and information with the passenger who took this photo. This picture was taken after the flight landed, which might explain why he's in a different area of the airport. We have not hear back from the airline yet.
The conversation is fascinating to watch -- thanks for sharing your opinions!
As comfy as flip-flops and baggy shorts, mini skirts etc. may be when flying, have you ever seen a pilot in such? They wear flight suits for a reason, and that is, what happens if a fire breaks out on board or if the plane has an emergency landing and catches on fire? Your bare legs and exposed feet will be the first to burn. "Oh, that will never happen to me" mentality does not exist among pilots and flight crews. Back in the 70s when SW "stewardesses" were wearing hot pants didn't last very long because the FAA came down on them because of the burn potential. My family and I all wear jeans and leather shoes, button-up long sleeve shirts over a tee, and we wait until we arrive before donning shorts etc.
You can too.
What happened to the good old days where this guy would be arrested, roughed up a little by the cops, and thrown in jail for a couple hours. Police use to have tools to deal with all this tomfoolery. If it a girl who weighed less than 130 lbs. then I might let it slide.
Hey, Suckie Suckie:
(First of all, your name says it all....)
So you have the horror, from time to time, to have to sit next to a fat person...gee, just think of the terrible a--hole THAT person has to sit next to!
Hummmmm...... he's a German tourist returning home to St Pauli and the Reeperbahn.....
Or maybe he's French:))
He should be able to wear anything he wants but thank goodness I haven't had to sit next to him. Would have a hard time not staring.
The worst thing I've seen at the airport was a couple cutting their toe nails and letting the cuttings fall on the floor.
He was hoping that he would be stopped from flying so he could win a lawsuit. I'ts the american way
I was wondering why NO one else was looking at him. All those people standing around not one person is paying any attention to him. Maybe this is nothing more than Photoshop?
You know, I think szb86 has hit it on the head! He probably WAS looking to be refused on the plane and then had his lawyer standing by for a possible suit. Who can say what is bad taste? People watch too many movies and too much TV, so they think anything goes! I would probably be more uncomfortable than he, trying to explain to my young grandson why this 'man' is in this garb.
It is not only what this man is wearing. The airlines should get his mental profile too. Only a nut would dress like this.
I am more concerned about people who wear clothing such as burqas or robes which could hide weapons.
Not cool.Is the man from San Francisco ?
as long as he is clean what's the big deal? We all need a little humor in our lifes
The one thing I can not stand is a suit and tie .. All looking like a bunch of little gangsters ...Stupid rag around your neck ...Please go out of style ....
Everyone busting that guy is green with envy and secretly wishing if only they could do that.
The picture was taken in the baggage claim area, that is why everyone looks waiting for their bags and does not care about that man, who probably was able to change to conform to 105F outside :). Even if he was flying in that outfit, so what. Are you jealous???
And no, there are no AA flights from Terminal E at DFW international airport. He could have come on AA flight to different terminal.
OOH, Mile high club Alan!!
So apparently being able to wear what you want is frowned upon now? Oh America, you're so funny; and manyote, it doesn't matter what you wear, jeans are 100% cotton it will burn. The only thing that will generally save you, is Fire Fighter turn out gear, which is only Fire resistant.
Also, I agree 100% with Daveo. ^ See above.
The politically correct bible dictates that the more perverse that these things are the more 'right' they have to stick it in your face or any other orifice that they want.
Remember, they have 'rights', YOU DON'T.
The only thing missing is a Shake Weight.
Too bad we don't have fashion police. Like, you know, what's that one country? Oh yeah - IRAN.
Just seat him near the escape chute -- and hit the switch.
@jewelee...Or maybe they have seen such weird things in airports (and who hasn't) that they all don't need to look at him. I live in a fairly big city, and downtown is fun because there are so many people dressed so many fun and funny ways. Personally, I have more modesty than this guy, however, it's kind of admirable in a way that he feels that good about himself that he will wear what he likes!
Who cares what other people wear. Get over yourself and fast.
OMFG who wants the seat after him YUK I guess we are going to start having to carry our own airline seat covers.. the thought of sitting in a seat after a man or woman dressed this scantily EWWWW
@ikatie...You're "verification" makes no sense. American flights do not arrive or depart from terminal E at DFW at all. If this guy just arrived on an AA flight, and then went to another terminal, then he's getting on a different airline. Period. Are you contacting that airline? Do you even know which one, as there are several at terminal E? The point of this entire blog is what folks should or shouldn't wear when they fly...or at least what people's opinion of that is. Why even mention a particular airline? It's irrelevant, and in this case, likely inaccurate.
Since I first flew in 1956, I've always worn a jacket and tie. Sex offender in the picture is a known child molester traveling for the purpose of luring and abusing victims. Government, I thought, is supposed to screen predators from boarding flights. I guess I was wrong.
As a resident of the DFW area, I'm surprised this man made it without being closely followed by police.
I beyond agree that if there aren't already, there needs to be rules about what is and is not appropriate to wear at the airport/on the plane, and that these rules need to be enforced across the board no execeptions - both men and women need to know that they won't fly dressed like this guy.
As long as he smells good and doesn't make me listen to the overcranked bass from his iPod for 2.5 hours, I guess I could deal with it. Dressing like a slob comes down to a lack of respect for others, but you can't legislate civility: people either care about other's feelings, or they don't. But nowadays, "I've got mine, &$!# you" seem to be the words many people live by. I wouldn't care if he wore this on the beach or in his front yard or out on the sidewalk even--he has a right to express himself if he thinks he looks pretty and isn't exposing himself. But I have to admit, I would feel icky squeezed right up next to him for 2.5 hours with all that bare skin. eeewwww
Still, I'd certainly rather sit by this guy than the woman who slapped her 13-month-old baby in the face, and I don't care if she was wearing Prada.
I am very sadden to see most of you post what you have posted. We live in the USA. Home of the Free. Does this man not have the free choice to wear what he wants? I don't see to many people posting photos of people wear confederate flag shirts. I mean after all they are a sign of hatred twords Africans. But simply because this man wears something that is out side most peoples confort zones it should be made illegal or banned? What the hell kind of country do we live in? If it bothers you look away. He is not harming you or him self. I bet 99% of you would not have the balls to go up and tell this man to put other clothes on. You are just trolls talking behind his back. This is the usa land of the free. You can wear what you want but why cant he? Hell I think Christmas sweaters are butt ugly but you do not see me sending this in as "news". And to the jerk who said simply cause he wears this he is a child molester looking for children.... are you really the ignorant? Move to portland then tell me all the people at embers nightclub are child molesters. Man you make me sick! Open your eyes America and quit being judgmental!
That's the kind of thing usually you would just see in Europe.
You know what is awesome? Learning to eat really bad colon foods on the day you are flying. Then passing REALLY BAD silent gas!!! NOW THAT'S FUN!!
Watching people's reactions to really smelly gas is HILARIOUS!! try it!!
Ironic that we are debating what is appropriate to wear on an airplane and a few clicks away, Roland Martin is telling us that not allowing a mosque near ground zero is unconstitutional.
While this may be the land of the free and people have the freedom to express themselves in many ways, you also need to be reasonable. If you wouldn't wear certain articles of clothing to church or your grandmother's house, then you shouldn't wear it in public. Keep outfits like this at home or the gay bars where it would be more acceptable and appropriate. Just shows what a double reverse standard there is in this country -- a woman wearing this kind of getup would be called a whore; a man wearing it, is only a freak.
Imagine the poor bastard who had to check this clown at security!!! "I need to frisk you sir..er, madam, whatever."
I have no problem with people wanting to wear what they want and so forth, that is their choice. Personaly, I always travel in pants and long sleeves simply because I don't like the texture of the fabric on most airline seat and I have no idea who touched that seat last. For all I know, it was some one with a cold or flu, I just feel safer with none of my skin touching the seats or surfaces of public transport.
First off, I can't tell if he's wearing anything. But, if he's wearing camo like people say, it blends in well with the surroundings.
Second, the belt is very tasteful and is an excellent accessory. He should compete on America's Next Top Model, Senior Division.
I got on the plane wearing jeans, a nice button down shirt, new shoes, and a 14 inch strap-on. Nobody said anything about it.
Why do people think just because an E sign can be seen in the background that's the flight he was taking? Doesn't anyone walk past or stand near any other concourse when they're in an airport? Personally, I like to look decent when I travel. Lightweight summer skirt, comfy tshirt, jacket for cooler temps. Looking at some people in the airports and tourists in Europe, it's no wonder Europeans laugh at us and think we have terrible manners.
Thanks I always wear my glasses and jeans and many times I have been moved to the checking section why ? maybe I look different thanks Katie
ktscarlett66, you have obviously never been to DFW, or at least are not familiar with it.. It has no concourse's. It has separate terminals, and E38 is a specific gate at a specific terminal. The guy isn't walking, he's standing there. Besides that, you're missing my point. What does any of this have to do with any particular airline? This is about folks who fly, not which airline they're flying on. Been to any bus terminals lately? Is anyone calling Greyhound to check their policies? The reporter singled out American Airlines, not me. If they're going to do that, they need to be reasonably sure they're accurate, and I have simply pointed out that they're not. Not, I'm not an AA employee........
Andjack- God does not care what you wear to church, He loves everyone (or so im told... Im not christian) Look back in say the 1920's 1950's People wore there sunday best.... People for the most part don't today. My mother and sisters go to church in a nice pair of jeans and a nice shirt. Times change. God does not care what you wear. Only the people in the congregation do. Grandma- Yeah she my not like what you have on but it does not mean she loves you any less. Yeah people may not like what you have on and find it offensive but again who is it hurting? If this guy is happy with what he has on. Who cares! Everyone deserves to live life in happiness and Im sure him wearing this is not going to ruin your day and send you into a deppresional fit. It's all about what society thinks. Fuck it. It is your life... If it harms non then do it!
I don't want any woman wearing too much perfume to be anywhere near me. Oops, I mean any woman or man.
Hey folks, the question is: "What's ok to wear on a plane?" Its not "Should the federal government regulate clothing?" so stop whining about a police state.
Do I think its ok to wear what this guy is wearing on a plane? NO
Should AA ban that outfit? That's up to AA,they are not part of the government and so "police state" doesn't apply. However, social norms are essential for a cohesive society and I would welcome some control by them.
Should the Government regulate it? No, of course not.
The guy that tok the picture was jealous he wasn't wearing these clothes lol, people just need to mind their own freaking business and get a life. I bet this guy is a red neck from Texass lol.
How come nobody is looking at him. My husband and 2 boys would be laughing uncontrollably.
i agree with HMA. this is not about legality, it is about how we as Americans have fallen as a culture and a society
I couldn't find the place where I can blog about something other than the dress code in airports. Anyway,the guy who is filling in for Anderson Cooper is a real dick. I understand that that Laura lady said the n word 11 times,but this idiot didn't even give her a chance.He ambushed her big time. I think this guy is a real asshole ..and by the way,he is not Anderson Cooper he is a big dick
No, the airlines should not be allowed to tell anyone how to dress. Little by little, we, Americans, are losing our freedoms. The freedom to dress, as long as the body is covered, is the same as the freedom of speech or any other freedom we now have.
What is objectionable to some, may be perfectly fine with others. Everywhere I go, I see cleavage. I am short and sometimes forced to look directly at a woman's cleavage and the woman has no discretion as to how she bends or moves. She wants to show what she has. I am a woman and I don't have to dress like that but every other woman has a right to show their cleavage. The men like it so why should we women not see men's legs or arms, or why shouldn't men be allowed to wear a skimpy t-shirt, as women do?
Please, do not encourage anyone to take away another freedom. We have lost far too many already.
Just imagine if this guy had share a seat with you and your 8 year old child. How do you think a child would feel about seeing something like that?
Didn't this guy's mom ever tell him when he was a kid that if you dress like that, "They're all going to laugh at you?"
Far be it for me, or the airlines, to stand in the way of someone who is such a useless moron that he would go to such extremes to make a public ass of himself. But God forbid this dufas have the seat next to me. I refuse to spend an entire flight squeezed in next to a half-naked freakazoid. Since it's usually not possible to change seats on a plane I would demand he be removed
Dad,,,is that you?
Being polite is all about being considerate to the people around you. And that includes the way you dress when you're going to be in a highly public place where others have no choice but to be around you. So have some manners and dress decently on the plane.
You don't have to dress up to fly, but please, oh please! no one wants to see your pajamas, cheek-baring miniskirts, short shorts, fuzzy bunny slippers, tube top, bathing suit, or, god forbid, thong, boxers, bra, granny panties etc.
(also control your children, be polite to the flight attendants, ensure your personal hygeine is up to snuff before subjecting your fellow passengers to your scent for 5 hours, and never, ever spray perfume or cologne on an airplane!)
I know, I know I'm being bossy. But really if people would be more considerate of their fellow passengers, air travel would be so much more pleasant!
There is nothing wrong with the way this man is dressed. Just because you dont like it doesnt mean that he has to acquiesce to your own tastes and aesthetics.
This country is supposed to be about the personal freedom to be who you are and do what you like. I will be damned if anyone tells me how to dress on an airplane when I have to pay through the nose for a ticket and go through great personal inconvenience - because of others' bad behaviour, not my own, mind you - in the first place. Talk about adding insult to injury!
Anyone who has a problem with the way this man or anyone else dresses needs to look the other way and mind their own damned business. This country is becoming a hotbed of whiners and weaklings who want nothing more than morality and nanny laws for everyone who isnt them. Yet, strangely enough, when those laws and restrictions are applied to them, they scream the loudest about how it's an outrage that they can't do exactly as they please whenever they want to do it.
Get over yourselves and mind your own damned business. Not only would I gladly sit next to this man, but I'd shake his hand and buy him a drink for having the cojones to dress as he pleases regardless of what anyone else may think. Good for him. Those of you complaining about him or offended by him are just jealous that you dont have the integrity, self-esteem, or just plain courage to really do what you dream. And just for the record, no child would have a problem with this man unless his or her narrow-minded and hateful parent put the idea that there is a problem with this man in the first place. This epidemic of using your child as a human morality shield to get your own way and shut down everyone else's freedoms is a despicable and pathetic excuse to try to control everything and everyone around you. I have nothing for contempt for people who do such things. Your children are in enough trouble due to having you for a parent in the first place. Dont make it worse for them by instilling in them fears and hatreds that have nothing to do with reality and everything to do with your unwillingness to embrace anything that doesnt fit into your backward little tiny box of a universe.
Day by day, this country slides further down the slippery slope to hell. Now more than ever, I am ashamed to be an American. More and more and more, the people of this country disgust and repulse me.
Hopefully I'll never have to sit next to this kind of creature. Is there a bell around his neck and does he have boobs,too?? Only in America! LOL!
I've sat next to worse on busses, trains, and planes. Who cares, really, about something this tame. I mean, the guy isn't that attractive, to me at least, so I wouldn't waste time staring at him. If he's sitting next to me on the plane, it isn't like he's going to do anything weird on the plane. I mean, you get investigated for child abuse for a minor slap of a baby. Or any of a dozen other things that pre-9/11 wouldn't have ruffled any feathers...
Next thing you know, people will be complaining about breast feeding in public...
"clothed in a manner that would cause discomfort or offense to other passengers" - so, if passengers feel discomfort or offense because someone is wearing a Chador or Burkha, because of the image of a woman that represents, then the person cannot fly?
Subjective feelings of other passengers restrict freedom, huh?
You guys will sensor what people say in comments but you put pictures on you site that could potentially blind someone My vision is fading after seeing that freak.
This is all about ATTENTION !!
The only way to get noticed FAST.... and get in to the News...
The next think we read he is in some Reality Show!
What about bad gas? Does anyone like to have bad silent ones in public?
I bet this guy has some cool stories to tell. I wouldn't mind sitting next to him. And it is an outrage to deny a female passenger access onto a plane if her mini skirt is too short, damn them!
One more reason not to fly Southwest. Bring on the user fees please so we can out price the wierdos off the flight.
He should get a traffic ticket - just like those underdressed Wal-mart plumpers.
The rules of dress are enforced inconsistently throughout the US. I have seen women dressed worse than this allowed on planes and I have seen women dressed worse than this thrown off of planes. I have seen women dressed worse than this that got thrown off of planes complain and have press articles insinuating that women can wear whatever they want. I see women dressed like whores walking the city streets, although, in some cases, they were whores. I see women everyday in the summer time wearing shorts that expose half their arse and believe me, some of these women are very obese and the sight is grotesque. I see young men walking around with their pants pulled down below their underwear, which, I am guessing, is a gay thing nowadays. This article has no merit.
Common decency seems to have gone the same way as common sense, it's nowhere to be found. It shouldn't be legislated and regulated, people should simply be considerate of others. Seems people would rather shock, it must be where they get their reason for living. Maybe some nice bondage wear coming soon to a flight near you?
@manyote: What airline do you fly where they're wearing flight suits? Most pilots I see wear short-sleeves, and female flight attendants wear short sleeves and usually skirts with stocking-clad legs exposed. None of them are wearing flame-retardant materials, and my guess is, neither are you... So again, keep your jeans in your bubble, I'll keep my flip-flops in mine.
In all fairness to American Airlines, they probably had a brief discussion and realized that the guy would probably sue them if he wasn't allowed on the plain, claiming sexual discrimination and harassment.
They probably felt it was better that they be in the news for allowing him to fly rather than in the news for a discrimination lawsuit.
If the other passengers felt uncomfortable, they should have said something to either the check in desk or the flight crew. If the passengers didn't complain other than to the media, it's a non story.
This passenger was definitely way over the line on common decency and bad taste, but then when were "common decency" and "the airline industry" last used in the same sentence?
bumble28 wrote Just imagine if this guy had share a seat with you and your 8 year old child. How do you think a child would feel about seeing something like that?
My neice or nephew would probably start up a conversation - they'd be interested in why he was dressed like that. They're both 8.
So long as I or my sisters (their parents) were present, we wouldn't have any sort of problem with that.
While the passenger was over the line, I wouldn't care if he sat next to me, I would chat with him too and probably buy him a beer. I've sat next to and chatted with a huge variety of passengers on planes and while waiting for delays and always meet the MOST interesting people!
I was at one airport and sat with what looked like a homeless guy (certainly in dress and appearance) in the departure lounge one day - no one was sitting anywhere near him. I took him a coffee over and we got chatting (I figured he probably wasn't homeless if he was flying somewhere), turns out he was just an eccentric rich guy. It was pretty funny - he had a limo pick him up at the airport at the other end and he had his driver give me a free limo ride to my hotel!
You never know who you might be travelling with, or in the grocery store lineup with, or sitting next to at that concert. Never judge a book by it's cover.
They couldn't do anything to him - the guy is a flaming queer obviously. Any thing the airlines did would be considered as harassing the wierdo.
Would those of you who object to this guy let him decide if you were allowed on a plane based on your clothes? Why do you have the right to not be offended, but he doesn't have the same right? Answer, because there is no such right. A plane is not exactly a public space, since you're enclosed and trapped with no exit, but as long as attire stays withing the boundaries of your seat, and safety and legal limits, what's the basis for restricting it? Taste? Please, you cannot pretend offending your personal taste is intolerable. We have too many "police" on our conduct already, adding fashion police isn't needed. Airlines have gone way overboard in allowing flight attendants to decide what attire is objectionable. This needs to end. Period.
(I do not find that guy interesting or appealing in any sense, but so what?)
It shouldn't be a law, I hope no one is saying that. But dress codes in public places are nothing new. Schools have them, courthouses, many stores (no shirt, no shoes, no service?), a lot of restaurants and clubs have a dress code requiring a tie on men, no sandals, etc. No problem with that, why shouldn't airlines have a dress code too? Something you agree to when you buy your ticket. No one wants to sit next to a half naked person for 8 hours on a plane, and no one should have to.
This guy should have had his butt kicked the second he stepped on to airport property.
Ok, I get it, there are bigger issues in the world. But, to take our mind off the fact that our politicians do not care and the economy is not recovering, it is nice to distract ourselves. As a former super-frequent flyer, before being laid off, my vote is YES! There should be a dress code. My father was a pilot and when family wanted to fly on a pass, we had to be dressed a certain way. Sitting next to someone for even an hour that is dressed scantily is very uncomfortable. There is no way I would have sat next to this man. Whatever statement he is trying to make, I do not want to witness it. If the airlines are going to charge us for every little thing, then they should be able to mandate a dress code!
Sorry (well, not really) but most of you who are posting here are DEAD WRONG. I'd rather not imagine what actions I would need to take if I was told that my eight year-old child would be forced to sit next to this person for several hours on a plane.
If this person wants to be a freak in the privacy of their own home or certain "establishments" that BY LAW need to be a certain distance from public schools, that is FINE. But to have my (minor) children - did I say MINORS subjected to this cr@p in public N O E F F I N G W A Y!
Even though I feel personally this person needs to be wearing something else. The government should not under any circumstances be telling people what they can and can not wear. The airline if so desired can demand proper attire as do many businesses. The government sticks their nose into too much stuff as it is. They should be worrying about other things and CNN don't you have better things to report on rather than a man dressed funny? He is at least covered in all the proper areas.
Ha! At least he put some thought into his outfit. Better than the fat americans getting on planes in t-shirts and sweatpants.
In Canada, we say we are more conservative than the USA, yet I think we are a lot more tolerant to others. If you don't like what you see then look the other way. Consider this...you have no idea why he is wearing what he is, so you have no right to mock him...he could be doing it just as a photo shoot, a contest, to test the discrinination laws, just because he likes it... etc etc.. so because you happen not to like the 'look' you are going to harm this person by slandering him? Go talk to him and learn what he is about, the world will be a better place. And to the airline stewardess who said something could fall out...well, I've seen some airline staff with body parts that could fall out when they lean over too...and they work there. So unless something bad does happen, don't coonvict this guy on his appearance. To each his own...
This is just another example of something that, while legal, isn't appropriate.
It IS NOT the place of the airlines to dictate what a passenger should or should not wear in public. With all the stories that have been posted about airline attendants overstepping their authority it makes one wonder just what America is becoming. Next we will be advocating Block Wardens to determine how we should represent ourselves from the time we step out of our doors till we go back in. People really need to just mind their own business and stay out of everyone else's. This IS supposed to be a Democracy in America and NOT a Police State. It's getting to where it is hard to tell the difference anymore. Society would be so much better off if Do-Gooder 'Know It Alls' would just simply stop trying to force everyone to live and act the way THEY think they should and accept the fact that people are not the same.
That is not true a woman would have got past the parking lot. People can wear what they want.
As long as his penis is not hanging out then oh well. I have a 9 year old I would not mind us sitting next to him. She would be cracking up and have a story to tell her friends when she gets back to school.
Isn't that the lady from "Shining"? The one that climbed out of the bathtub to hug Jack Nicholson?
Whaaatever. Let the guy wear what he wants. At least you know he's not smuggling box cutters or exploding underwear onto the plane.
Just don't touch me.
Imagine having to sit next to that creature on the flight....
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The phrase "...clothed in a manner that would cause discomfort or offense to other passengers...", as described in American Airlines' "Conditions of Carriage", is utterly ambiguous. What if I'm flying out of Logan Airport near Boston, wearing a New York Yankees t-shirt, with a plane filled with Boston Red Sox fans? If my shirt is deemed offensive by several passengers, should I be removed from the airplane? It sounds far-fetched, I admit, but keep in mind that if everybody felt exactly the same about what is deemed offensive, this discussion would be moot. So, if some people on the plane were offended by my Yankees t-shirt, should I be removed? According to American Airlines' "Conditions of Carriage", the answer is "yes". If the airline crew realizes the absurdity of such complaints, and DOESN'T remove me, then they've violated airline policy. This begs the question "Does an airline crew have the authority to apply their own judgment, based on the particular complaints put forth by offended passengers? If so, then such judgment would also vary with the particular crew working that flight. Let's not forget that if the flight was filled with New York area residents, wearing the Yankees shirt would not pose the same problem (unless, perhaps, some Mets fans protested). Clearly, the issue is not with the shirt itself but, rather, with the whim and arbitrariness with which judgment is applied.
Lets leave the airlines out of it. They'll add on a fee for enforcing a dress code. Besides, less clothing is more fuel efficient.....
Another anti-gay evangelical preacher going on vacation with a hired bottom-boy no doubt.
that very well could be the most disturbing display of fashion ever!!!
LOL b747boy2!! But true! hehehehe As a Flight Attendant, I've seen my share of "dress code", this is not surprising! I've seen less! But good lord! The Golden Age of traveling is gone. Pill box hats and white gloves to latex gloves and pill box shorts....Gotta love it though, makes great stories to bring home from a trip!
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So the guy look's ridiculous. Most attention whores do.
I agree that he may be oddly dressed, but I'd love to sit next to him. I bet we'd have interesting conversations.
What's not OK to wear on an airplane (presumably a commercial passenger plane)? - anything which intrudes upon the space of another passenger, anything which has logos and/or words which are grossly inflammatory as in perhaps glorifying a murderous act, or perhaps one's birthday suit . . .
Naughty bits covered or not...I wouldn't be allowed on a plane if I were wearing just my underwear...it covers all the privates. So why should this guy be any different? The shorts are just as short as any woman's panties and the top looks like a woman's night shirt. We all know if a woman wore that...she would never be on the plane. That is the big question...is the double standard that exists in our society.
Women and men should have to wear all black and be completely covered when in public! Where is your decency America?!?!?!!!
so you're giving ignorant ass-hats like "Lisa" and "Mark" some kind of journalistic legitimacy just because they take the time to whine about stupid stuff?
logging out of CNN iReport now...and will not bother logging back in...ever...
For all you naives out there decrying the fact that we should not need laws governing how we dress on planes, your dimness is a little funny. No one is saying that we need a law for this, the airlines have company policies (as private businesses this is their right in our free country) governing these types of things. The airlines just need to enforce these policies, which they do 99% of the time but did not in this case. Overreacting to stories like this is the norm online and it really is an embarrassing commentary on our society as a whole. I mean really, would you want to get stuck sitting beside this guy? He's probably losing his twig and berries out the leg hole in those short shorts! Company policies based on common sense are all right with me!
ugh, please. That guy may be weird, but We don't live in Saudi Arabia or North Korea where the government dictates what you can wear and how you can cut your hair. Sure, he probably shouldn't go to a school like that, but he's not hurting anybody (to the guy who said he's probably another anti-gay preacher or government official looking for a boy toy, I bet $1,000,000 you're right!)LOL
This man is a frequent flier (domestic and international flights). Always dresses in this manner. He is a professional - business motivated speaker. Always will pose for you in the airport. Outfits (including shoes) are always memorable. Nice guy, just dresses wierd. As long as he has on a shirt, pants, shoes most airlines will let him be. Just sayin.
Who cares, seriously. Now we are in the business of dictating what people can wear. When to wear it. What NOT to wear. Americans are the most moronic people on the face of the planet. We always have to be in everyone elses business. We always have to know what the other person is doing. We we have on our shirts. How low we wear our pants. America has lost its way on a whole host of levels. We care more about the worlds poor than we do our own. We as Americans allow ourselves to be needlessly searched at the airport as if we are the terrorists. There will NOT be a terrorist attack that starts from within the U.S. via airplanes. They know they can't smuggle anything onto a plane and at the very least they know they can't gain control of the cockpit. So why allow honest Americans who just want to fly within CONUS to be basically stripped searched if you walk through the xray machines that can see everything. I thought Americans had "freedom of movement"
Now for this genius, sure don't like it, but who am I to tell anyone what to wear? We aren't in a muslim controlled country, yet you Republicants want strict control over OUR daily lives. Just think really hard Republicants, you want full control over our movements, our lives in the house, what we can listen to anyone recall the PMRC? You want to force religion, a christian religion on ALL of America, yet you blast the Muslims for their strict control of its citizens. Makes one wonder.. Hmmmm Republicants = Muslims, just a different book!
there should not be any law as to what you can and cant wear on a plane...we dont need a new law for every single thing..most passengers dress normally when they fly...they only peerson who has a right to complain is whoever got seated next to this guy, i think they should get a refund
guess i should have spellchecked that last one
This man's own "Choice" to travel in such attire was done with one purpose only; at that is to make a statement. The LGBT community should be furious by his actions and furthermore, should make public statement not supporting such behavior. This type of stupidity is exactly the kind of action that makes advancment of the LGBT cause not acceptable in society. In fact it is more damaging than it is helpful.
As long as he doesn't sit near me.
Several months ago, I saw this guy get off a flight in Phoenix, AZ. He was wearing stiletto heals, thigh high stockings, hot pants, and a tiny camisole ... all in red. Way hotter than this photo! I was surprised, but if that's what he wanted to wear, I didn't have a problem with it. I wish I had that much nerve! And, as far as I know, there weren't any problems with the airline or at the airport. I should've gotten his autograph.
What kind of shoes was he wearing with that outfit (and thigh high stockings)?
How is anyone surprised? It's only 2010. We still vote on people's civil rights (Prop 8) and the president's religion is the biggest news story today. I'm surprised this guy wasn't lynched at the airport.
Obviously the Mosque BS has burned through the newscycle and now you resort to this. How about some real news? How about some real issues?
It's not like he's hiding much of anything and he's not naked. Would you prefer he wear a burqa? So he's not going to get voted 'best dressed' on the cover of GQ, but bad taste isn't against the law.
This is not right. I DO agree with having the right to do what you want, however, if I had spent my hard earned money to send a son or mother to come visit me and they had to sit next to someone dressed like this, only to be uncomfortable for hours on end, I would be furious.
I DO NOT believe that the airline authorities would be crossing the line to prohibit him from joining the other passengers until he properly clothed himself, in fact it should be their duty and I wish they had done it in this case, what people do affects others.
I'd be okay with sitting next to him as long as he wasn't marinated in perfume or aftershave. I could close my eyes against a fashion faux pas but haven't figured out how to hold my breath long enough to escape the fumes of the stinky chemicals many passengers inflict on their fellow travelers.
You have a point "MrBarker" though I would not like to have to deal with either in the first place.
He belongs in Wal-Mart, not on a plane.
Mr Barker makes a very good point. I'd take the mess pictured above sitting next to me over body odor, bad breath or the old man who sat next to me last time who was dressed very nice but had awful gas. "Offensive" is a very conditional word.
I once was on a flight where two women traveling together decided it was an opportune time to moisturize their feet. The combination of cheap lotion and foot odor was too much. I'd take this guy over the women, anytime.
Sad - Modesty does need to be considered. After all, would you want to be seated in the next seat touching this during a flight?
I would think that a compromise would be business casual for all travelers as a standard. It won't be dressy enough for some people and more dressy than other would like, but I don't think anyone would find it offensive as many people did of the gentleman in the picture. As for allowing anarchy to reign supreme, I would suggest that people are free to dress as they fell appropriate in the confines fo their own home, but once they venture out into public, but privately owned areas (including airplanes) some sort of societal rules are in force. In this case no one from AA chose to address the problem, but they have the option and did a disservice to the rest of their passengers in not dealing with it. The problem may be that the person originated somewhere other than DFW and by the time someone spotted it he was already halfway to his destination.
I have to think this is a joke. Sometimes people do things just to get a reaction out of people. This man could be testing us all. He should be treated like any other passenger on that plane. He has all the rights as the rest of us. Now, I do think that he should not be wearing that out in public. No one should. Plus, it is really cold on planes and can you imagine going in there dressed like that and requesting a blanket. Plan ahead people. Although to be fair he may very well have a jacket with him. Man or woman it is inappropriate but man or woman they should be allowed to wear that on a plane. Atleast we know he isn't hiding any weapons:)
I believe people should wear what they want but I'm praying that I don't have to sit next to him! That would make for a very LONG flight. Where would I put my eyes? It'd make for a good story, however.
As long as he doesn't sit beside me.
Since when does America have a dress code?
Forget what he is wearing. How is his mental state to board a plane?
Hi, I am obese because I have glandular problems. Im missing the I cant put the bucket of fried chicken down gene..... now give me a handicap license plate and let me ride around in walmart in my electric fat cart.
to you idiots that question if this is newsworthy, should be reported on, should be on the internet, should even be on CNN.. especially to SUCKIESUCKIE...you're the retard. what country are you from? retardville? 1) airlines are private and there's no natural right for the freedom of flying unless you have your own plane. Therefore yes, rules can apply you idiot 2) out of most of the countries in the world, the US is more tolerant and free, except maybe for france, but then again they can 't defend themselves...i do partially agree with you. freedoms are slowly being dissolved here. I've been in support of a new revolution for a while.
Personally, I have no problem with him taking the flight dressed like that. Let him have a seat on one of the wings. Bon voyage!
I love sitting next to someone on a plane and having REALLY BAD gas. I mean SMELLY!! Then its hilarious to watch people's faces. Especially in first class because they don't know what to do!! Have you ever done this?
I bet his parents/kids or whoever is so proud of him.
At least the girl on the Southwest plane was really hot and could wear something sexy.
It is a responsibility of the company to make sure that their customers are not completely uncomfortable, unfortunately the “Freedom of America”, is tossed around way too often.
It should not be a crime to tell someone to put a proper shirt on so that you don’t creep out everyone around you. Perhaps they can just crank up the a/c, lol.
So does this mean I'll be arrested if I wear white shoes when I fly from EWR to San Diego in the middle of September ?
seriously????? who cares?
The poor pathetic individual in the photo with the camo shorts and halter top is to be pitied. He obviously needs phychological help. Should he be allowed on the plane in this getup, hell no!
Should a 24 year old female with a great figure and similar outfit be allowed, hell yes!!!
Where was he going? I mean this would be understandable if he was flying to California or maybe DC...
Ugh, I can't BELIEVE this guy paired two different camo patterns :)
My question is, to all the people who say something should be banned if it makes others uncomfortable, is where would you draw the line? What if your t-shirt that had a team that was a rival of my favorite team made me uncomfortable, or your kid's incessant blathering made me uncomfortable, or your religious pendant made me uncomfortable? At what point should the point be that you need to be more tolerant as opposed to forcing others to conform to your comfort zone?
HMA does that stand for half a millennium ago? People don't "dress up" for flights and wear flip flops because this isn't the 40-60's flights anymore. It isn't posh, and it isn't a social indicator. Now you are asked to take your cloths off before getting on board and removing flip flops is a heck of a lot easier than wingtip shoes and metal suspenders under a three piece suit. The reason for the change isn't such a shock if you open your eyes...
Heck even airlines have changed... used to be that stewardesses had to be certified nurses. As well as airlines have said flying isn't like it used to be, the airlines have said it isn't a status symbol and they aren't treating you like that anymore either!!
Reminds me of the people of walmart website...
OK, for everyone who is horrified or thinks this guy lost a bet, I fly in and out of Las Vegas a lot and I've seen him coming and going many times. Nice dude. He is always dressed similar to the pic and if you ask nicely, he'll even take a picture with you.
Leave him alone, he's not bothering anyone.
Who'd want to sit next to that tool? People are entitled to live out their little fantasies, but on a plane ? That guy wants a captive audience where people can't simply get up and leave and what better place to get his jollies than on a plane, where he can snap his garters and prance around like Tinkerbell? Imagine having to look at that just before your in-flight meal? Arghhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!
Yea, this guy is wearing something totally ridiculous. But: a) this is America where we can wear whatever we want, as long as we're not naked (and I still don't know why not); b) who would be so self-centered to say that there should be LAWS about what people wear?; and c) WHO FREAKING CARES?!
I have a friend that said to the authorities after going through the search procedure at LA international that the next time she would come naked and dress in front of them, it would be quicker. Sometimes these people are to full of themselves.
You want to know what's really wrong? He hasn't accessorized one bit. I mean where are the bracelets, earrings, a stud in the navel or even a proper nose ring. Is that the best you can do with a necklace? This man has made no effort and he still shows up in public. At least he has intestinal fortitude to appear like that.
Come on people, this may not be appropriate to you, but did he try to hijack the plane? Was he rowdy or abusive? Maybe you don't want to sit next to him, but let's not legislate more nonsense just because you saw a vision that offends you.
Like someone said, he made no effort in accessorizing one bit. No bracelets, no earrings, nothing. But, forget all that. WHERE IS HIS WIG?????!!! :)
well traveling or going anywhere you should wear clothes. what always amazes me is that women or men dress outlandish,and forget that sometimes standing right neck to you is a child. who looks to grown up for answers to all their question. it is okay to dress the way you want, the answer is where. maybe in the privary of your home is you want to show all. but could we just remenber that everything we do a child sees. and no i am not for baning or telling any one how to dress, speak, i am only saying remenber the children.
He looks like a child molester! Why would ANYBODY want to be seen in public like this, specially a man.
Of course nobody likes anybody to be dressed like that.
But, what did she mean by "all sexes" in the article. I thought there was only two sexes.
I agree with 2HONEST4CNN that folks should be able to wear what they want (as long as it doesn't expose the privates); but that everyone else has the perfect right to mock them in public. Freedom of expression!! If I saw this character at the airport, I would start laughing out loud - and would hope many others would too. Expressed public opinion would let him know he looks goofy. And if that doesn't bother him, so be it. But I would laugh loud, like I did when I saw this photo!
I flew on AA three weeks ago and if they would have sat me next to this guy I would not have flown with them. Kudos to AA for expecting people to dress appropriately. This is a really creepy outfit on a man. He should be ashamed of himself.
Air travel has become a glorified bus ride. Decades ago people actually got dressed up to make a flight. These days you're lucky if the slob beside you had a shower. It's the 21st century, we're supposed to be flying in skin-tight silver suits without having to carry luggage.
You are all knuckle dragging bigots that refuse to tolerate.
I believe that only safety concerns should be considered. No skin should have direct contact with the seat. With attire such as this gentleman's or someone with a miniskirt, he should have been asked to sit on a towel. I have more of an issue with clothing that would take a minor situation to a medical emergency such as evacuating a plane via the escape chutes where nylons with their friction properties against the chute can cause severe leg burns. Also, large amounts of jewelery or piercings should be avoided.
Many people with offensive messages or images on their shirts are allowed to fly. This guy's pattern was at least fairly neutral.
Civilization need not be limited to legal action for enforcing its preferences. It should not be illegal for this guy to get on a plane.
Other passengers should, however, make it clear to the airline that they will not travel with them in the future unless they require passengers to conform to the norms of the civilization.
Let's use capitalism for good for a change. If AA proactively posted a picture of this guy on their site and said "we considered the wishes of the majority of our customers and decided NOT to allow this guy to get on one of our planes", the majority of their customers would breathe a sigh of relief and might even forgive some of the times when AA lost their luggage or left them sitting on a tarmac for hours.
It would still be "newsworthy" (i.e. would still show up on CNN), would limit how frequently the majority of customers feel the need to vomit at the sight of attention-hungry weirdoes on the plane and in the airport…and would not limit our freedoms in any way.
Social media should be providing us with the power to "vote with our wallets" more effectively. So far it isn't happening very well.
Thank your lucky stars that the skin-tight silver suit thing never happened. Look around…how many of the people around you belong in a skin-tight anything? The skin-tight "space age suit" was made popular by the VERY few people who make it look good on-screen (think Seven of Nine). On the whole, that's a meme that I think we can all do without. :)
Chances are this freak wanted the airline to refuse him service, so he could either sue or make it on some talk show. Congratulations for giving him the attention he was seeking.
You know it is amazing how many individuals will spend quality time complaining about other individuals. You cannot change another person and who would want everyone to be the same, how boring. Diversity is what makes America great people. You don't have to agree or condon what someone does or believes but due to your not God you have to accept a person for who or what they chose to be!
I was on a flight a couple of years ago where a man was making a big deal about not sitting in an area with women, or more specifically any women who might be menstruating. Sure people were offended but they chalked it up to religious freedom and life went on.
You know, airports and airlines arent the only places that absurd clothing can be seen, have you been to walmart lately? LOL, look, you really cant pass laws on how people express themselves, this is America after all. A business really has the right to refuse service for improper dress, they do it all the time....no shoes, no shirt, no service.....I think more people should try to find the humor in it. This would have actually brightened my day, I can laugh at the audacity that some people demonstrate...or the cluelessnes. My husband told me that at the DMV the other day there was a woman in transparent white leggings......he told me he was pretty sure it was a brazillian trim......LOL, come on people. Laugh a little, is it inappropriate? sure, is it funny? deffinately! This man's dress is not a reflection on you, its a reflection on him. At least this person wears his inner freak on the outside so we can spot him!
I think it's an outrage! I'd never wear black stocking with my cammo shorts and halter. Some people... No fassion sense...
Get over it everyone! The man boarding the plane in that $1000 business suit from Wall Street is more of a threat than this guy!
it wasn't your grammer for which you should be mocked. It was your syntax. Mock! Mock! Mock!
This is not unlike the question of whether a mosque should be built in Manhattan. Legal? Yes. Considerate of the community? No. It is disheartening to see the sheer numbers of people who are unwilling to be considerate of those around them. If more looked at their existence as an opportunity to serve others with respect, what a world this could be! Must we always cling to "our rights" in this way?
Many businesses (e.g. restaurants, retail stores) have policies for proper attire...why should an airplane be any different? The policy needs to be stated in a way that makes it easy to determine who is in compliance and who is not. And it needs to be consistently applied. That is where the difficulty arises.
To txfa: My BIL is a pilot and would agree with you hands down. However-- I'd like to say that US flight attendants could take a page out of the book of just about any other countries' airlines. We look rumpled, dumpy, tousled and unkempt next to Lufthansa or Singapore's attendants. (and yes, I do know that Singapore Air's attendants have to be able to fit the uniform, not the other way around.)There's alot of pride communicated in how one looks-- and the US is definitely NOT measuring up.
What's next a guy wearing leather chaps and a leather vest with nothing underneath? Where are the limits? There must be some restriction of a person's behaviour (as an example, should we really permit a person to murder another because it's a restriction of the 'rights' of the murderer?) or else society falls into chaos and corruption. Clothing choices may not kill but they can certainly be a form of rudeness to the extreme as in the case of this cross dresser. I'm not too concerned about people wearing jeans w/ holes in the knees (though a hole in the pelvic/rear region might be bad), shorts (I have worn them on a flight), or flip flops (at least they're easy to get off at the security check point). The answer for those who take up more space than a tiny seat in coach is for the FAA to rule that the seats on an airliner must be adequate to fit a 300lb linebacker.
What a person chooses to wear is not the business of anyone else. What fat people choose to eat is not the business of anyone else. None of you have the right to judge anyone else. What happened to live and let live? People need to mind their own damn business!
wear what you want
I'd rather sit next to this guy than those of you judging and condemning him. Is it pleasant to look at? Nah. But honestly, most people in this country aren't. If he is acting appropriately and all of his private areas are covered I don't care. He's probably much less of a self righteous, superficial bigot than the rest of you. Who would post this in the attempt to humiliate an unknowing, innocent fellow human being? Is this picture here trying to embarrass and mock him? That's grosser than his outfit.
I guess this lady has never visited peopleofwalmart dot com. There are some really special get-ups on that site.
He is so in need of a psychiatric evaluation.
This is a tough call. There are surely?? "indecent public exposure" sideboards, but just where is the line drawn? Many restaurants have "no shoes, no shirt, no service" rules. Airlines should have something similar.
That being said, is "cross-dressing" ok? Not ok?
Rules and technicalities aside though, there is just so much that is wrong with this picture. Boxer shorts and a tank top would cover up more than THIS guy has on!
I guess after you look at this picture long enough, you start to think, Ah, why not? as long as he's not hurting anyone and doesn't mind getting stared at a lot.....
Freaks have rights, too. This is why America rocks. Don't like it, move to Saudi Arabia.
The picture iReported is provocative, not to say disturbing, but the real issue is "how much clothing is enough" and who should enforce it? As a one-time road-warrior with many miles and many flights under my belt I can state that the person I least want to fly beside is any fat, unshowered twit in flip-flops, beach shorts, and a wife beater. Globs of smelly uncovered flesh encroaching on the space I have paid for, body odour (and frequently bad food smells, see "fat") adding to the already noxious atmosphere inside the plane - what a treat for 3 or 4 or 5 hours.
Well, it's silly and if my daughter went out in it I'd freak, but this is America. And as for "dressing up" for air travel, you practically have to strip to get on the plane, why would you dress up.
you're missing the point. Obviously anyone dressed like that in public WANTS to be noticed and get attention.
And CNN and everyone is helping him - which is fine by me.
I mean, who really cares. It isn't indecent as some of the stuff I see women wear occasionally frankly.
But certainly needs to be posted in the "see in Wal-mart" column on one of those websites.
If it bothers you, get over it.
If it bothers you enough to say he should be prohibited from it, you need to talk to your therapist.
If it amuses you, you have taste. Mock him quietly.
We are all different people. If I could keep everyone off the plane that made fashion choices I didn't like, smelled funny, talked too loud, etc, none of you would make the cut and I would have the plane to myself.
And yes, why dress up to be hassled, searched, scorned, and spend a long time in an uncomfortable seat? It's not an occasion, it's an ordeal.
Katie, are these comments what you expected? Have we proved a point, or pleasantly surprised you? It sure has been fun reading all the comments! Thanks for posting the pic and letting us have at it!
You're right Suckie suckie we are retarded. Our culture is narrow and dictating. Women wear something similar on planes. So can he. Just not next to me...
As long as there is no indecent exposure due to kids etc, and there is hygiene, it's all ok with me.
Large people should get to have two seats. Its only fair!!!
The reason why he was allowed to board, and why a woman wearing a similar outfit won't? Minority status. There are (luckily) only a few of these weirdo guys, but that makes them a minority, which means that in this country they have special 'rights'. That's all under the umbrella of political correctness. We are so afraid that anyone gets offended that the majority no longer has any rights.
I find the outfit quite disgusting, but I don't believe we should be able to dictate what type of clothes someone wears. If, as Mark Oaks states, a woman dressed like this would be prevented from boarding while this man was allowed to do so, I would be upset about that. I fly out of DFW Airport at least twice a year; thankfully I missed this display during my last trip.
Cant be any worse than the plane being late and being forced to sit on a plane for hours on the tarmac because of yet another airline screw up- that is the news.. let's not get distracted by noise..
Americans are so stupid. Who on earth cares what people wear. You all need to get a life!
Why should an airline disallow any clothing (or lack thereof) on a plane that is otherwise legal - for example - for someone to wear walking down a public street? Does the above person look freakish in that outfit? They sure do to me - but so what? It would do no harm to me to be on a flight with someone I think is freakish. So it makes no sense to prohibit it.
I must say that as someone that as someone that travels millions of miles every year, that is a first. What a complete embarrassment to all of us who travel. I can see AA's situation as very difficult however and I don't fault them. I can smell a civil rights lawsuit somewhere nearby if they even thought about barring him from a flight. The fault lies with the idiot dressed like this.I'd certainly approach him and give him a piece of my mind.
I'm willing to bet this is the same guy my wife and I say at the Admirals Club ORD a few years back...in a dress and stilleto's!
Why is it anyone else's business what other people wear?
He must have lost a bet.
I have observed that relaxed dress often goes right along with relaxed personal hygene and manners. Not saying always, and not saying the opposite isn't true, just, more than not. An airlines, as a private business, can set a dress code.
People believe that free speech/freedom of expression means freedom to be as annoying as humanly possible. Okay, fine. But don't expect to make any friends because of it, and don't expect people to love you the more for it. Expect to have your picture on someone's i-report being mocked. Expect to be teased and made fun of - after all, everyone else has free speech too.
You can dress however you want in private, just keep your private out of everyone else's public! (same for "private" cell phone conversations in public places. If it's private, go get some privacy, not some publicity)
I think it all comes down to respect for others. Yeah, you have the right to wear or not wear whatever. But you know perfectly well what is in good taste and what is not, and how to stay comfortable and in good taste.By choosing to wear something in bad taste, you show your lack of respect for other people. And you know, if you don't have any respect for others, you really can't go around expecting others to have any respect for you.
Gross, no way I would sit next to this GEEK! Clearly this guy is a goob who is hoping we will all write a blog about him on ireport. Gross! No way should he get on the airplane. BTW, being fat or overweight isn't always a choice. This guy clearly did.
The premise that if he were a woman, he would be kicked out is flat out wrong. Women and teenage girls regularly travel with similar or less clothing. Unless you want to regulate good taste, you have to let it go.
JUST LET IT GO...LAUGH BE FUNNY...LIVE...LIVE...LIVE...HE LOOKS CRAZY,KINDAH KINKED I GUESS...BUT NEVER THE LESS...I SEE LIKE 12 YEAR OLDS IN FIRST CLASS DRESSED LIKE THERE IN THAILAND'S RED LIGHT DISTRICT...EVEN IF WE MAY NOT WANT TO LOOK...OR LOOK AND LAUGH...THIS IS NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT I SEE FLY IN THE SKIES QUITE A BIT...I'D ASK FOR A PICTURE...AND HE'S OBVIOUSLY BRAVE...FUNNY...FUNNY...FUNNY
Unless someone's showing their genitals, I don't see why it's anyone else's business what they're wearing. If you don't like what someone is wearing, don't look at them. You don't have the right to dictate what someone wears to the local supermarket, so why should it be any different on an airplane?
And bad taste is VERY subjective. I think it's bad taste to tease your hair 3 feet in the air. I think it's bad taste to tan so much that you look like you rolled in Doritos. I think it's bad taste to carry purses that are bigger than your head and have some Italian guy's initials all over them. I think it's in bad taste to wear so much makeup that you look like a clown. I think it's bad taste to wear more "bling" than a rap artist. I also think it's bad taste to wear pajamas in public. Ditto those hideous Ugg boots, especially with shorts or a skirt. But again - it's all subjective.
I'd much rather sit next to this guy than the fat people I usually get next to who spill over into my personal space.
Now it is 1984
Knock-knock at your front door
It's the suede denim secret police
They have come for your uncool niece
no shorts and no DAMN flipflops!
This is the USA, I don't think they should regulate what you wear on a plane, as long as you don't show genitals. I wear jeans, t-shirts and flip flops on planes, because I want to be comfortable on a long flight. This isn't the "Mad Men" era. Also, one person's good taste is another's bad taste, so don't judge. Yes, I would feel creepy if this guy sat next to me on a plane for an extended period, but I'd just have to endure it.
By the way, there are fat people in other countries besides the US. I'm fat, but luckily for me, my husband sits next to me on flights. Maybe we should ban "chavs"?
@PennySand The comments have been pretty fascinating! I have to say, I'm pleasantly surprised that 300+ comments later, the discussion is still on topic. Very interesting to watch. Thanks for chiming in!
Of all these posts, I have yet to see anyone mention restaurants and night clubs. Many of them have strict dress codes, and you'll be turned away at the door if you don't comply. All are there by choice. For the most part, we fly on particular flights because we don't have a choice, either by schedule, price, etc. Yet, we're often forced to sit next to "undesirable" seatmates because they couldn't be turned away at the door. For that reason if for no other, I think it's reasonable to enforce at least a minimal dress code to allow for religous beliefs while preventing what is clearly inappropriate dress such as this guy. Some things, while legal, are just plain wrong. Is it legal to build a mosque next to ground zero? Yes. Is it wrong? Hell yes!! You can scream all you want about the government imposing themselves on us, or discrimintory actions by companies or individuals. In the end, it just comes down to some things being wrong...like it or not.
Wow, for a moment I thought I was seeing peopleofwalmart.com.
We have a guy at work who looks like that. I want to choke him even more now.
Perhaps we should just surrender our clothing at the check-in counter and proceed to the gate in only undergarments. It would save a mega-amount of time in avoiding the "random" searches and then everyone could board the plane in only their undies and be equals for a short duration of time until they reach their destination. All luggage could be checked so alot of the nonsense of the fighting for carry on space would be eradicated as well. Just make sure them tighties are whities and not brownies, and don't go rubbin' your aluminum deodorant on my person, I don't want the Alzheimer's.
While an airport is a public building and cannot deny access based on extreme bad taste, an airline is a privately owned concern and has the right to refuse service to anyone who makes other passengers uncomfortable. That's just how it is. He should be allowed to fly, but the airline could have required him to cover up a bit. If he were next to me, I'd be grossed out but I'd get over it.
I am ashamed of AA of permitting this passenger to board as he was dressed (or partially dressed). As far as rules, passengers should not be allowed to board an aircraft where they will be in a close environment with others dressed as to embarrass others or make others uncomfortable. I don't care what others decide to wear or not wear if I don't have to be exposed to it. That is taking away my freedom. Airline personnel should have the authority to turn away those who are dressed so as to offend others.
Someone should start an airline that caters to costomers who want to dress unconventionally and not keep up their appearance and call it something like Freedom Flying.
Is this passenger perhaps outside the bounds of what might reasonably be considered good taste? Quite possibly. Is there any reason whatsoever that it should matter in this country? Not remotely. I think it's repugnant that the "moral majority" in this country feels that it has the right to dictate their own narrow views en masse. Secondarily, why not arrest or otherwise detain the photographer in this case? The subject is clearly unaware he was being photographed. I'm sure state stalking/voyeurism laws apply.
I'd love to know the whole story here, sadly all we can do is speculate.
And thank you, CNN, for running this image. Yes, it is strange and perhaps a little bit disturbing. I don't want to live in a country that censors things just because someone might be disturbed.
That old man has a right to wear whatever he wants, no matter how foolish he may look while doing it.
No one wants to be in a police state, but all societies exist only becuase of such things as "norms:, expected behavior and laws, culture and traditions. Without these institutions we would have anarchy (and I realize there are those who prefer that also). The outfit on this guy is clearly out of the norm, and its style and fuction can only be considered provocative and in bad taste. I believe, and this has been proven many times in research that when citizens are dressed well they behave better. We are not talking about burkas, but just attractive, and respectable attire. People can not help but be human, and this kind of outfit will only cause problems for whoever is to host this man (cab, plane, restruant etc). people will stare, get out of their seat to "just walk by" and thus create disruption to service. I personally would not want my children to be subjected to this situation. I personally dress well when I fly..not to the nines and tens, but just nice. If I wear a dress, I wear nice heels, smart jewlery etc. I don't wear perfume becuase I know it may be offensive to others. I don't wear minis or show lots of skin because i don't want to offend anyone, and I don't want to be offended. I use deodorant and use breath mints. Remember the rule..do on to others..... Also, my grandfather taught me two things about laws. they exist for two reasons. 1. to protect me from the wrong choices of others that may cause me physical or emotional harm, and 2/ to protect others from my own stuptidity. By the way, flip flops are for the beach and shower.
@ DRj79 and Manabi – what does a sex offender/child molester look or dress like. I am not familiar with that fashion but I am pretty sure kids aren’t running up to this guy and giving him hugs for FREE cause of his delectable taste in camo-wear with lace.
@txfa – who are the “this kind” you speak of and how do you know “they” don’t’ wear underwear…
@ hadjiladji – pants around the ankles “a gay thing nowadays”……WHAT????
@ russel123 – “a flaming queer”….really Russel, I mean really?!?!?!!
@covejohn – who said he was gay besides you. FYI, not all cross dressers are gay. Your attitude is far more demonstrative to the LGBT community than this guys’ attire.
And in order not to leave the uneducated out of this clearly high quality conversation:
@kkk666 (nice name btw, not) and STM60 – the US government subsidizes the American airline industry and thus they are not in truth truly private companies. One might even say it is a socialistic agreement (OMG!!!!) to insure that the US airline industry doesn’t tank in bad financial times being that it is a vital part of our capitalistic system. So, as long as that is the case, which it will always be because in the US we love to give welfare to big business…..this truly American novelty in the picture will have the right, like all of the rest of us, especially all of you (see above), to make a complete and total fool of himself/herself in a public forum so long as he is not violating any public decency laws….which in themselves are subject to personal interpretation these days.
I say, rock on you freak!….he certainly helped a lot of people show their true colors now didn’t he…..
There are legal "laws", and moral "standards". The problem is that this country has, for years, tried to legislate morality, and it can not be done. Further, our moral standards has become moral expectations, and only by a moral few. Most of us, unfortunately, don't give a damn, anymore. that is sad. 1- I would not be caught dead like this. 2- I would not allow this guy, or whatever he is, onto my plane.
If you look closely, the sign upper left says E38, which is not in an American Airlines terminal at DFW Airport. From that, and the fact that we had not heard of this before, it leads us to believe he was not a passenger on one of our flights the day this photo was taken.
It's complicated to tell someone what their wearing is inappropriate in such a free public setting, such as the airport. now, there's many angles to look at this. some people have no problem in having the authority to tell a person to "please change your clothing." also, people that are flying should understand an airport contains people from different cultures, and eventually someone's bound to get offended. the part "If a woman was dressed like that, there's no way she would get past the parking lot" - I don't agree with. honestly, if the lady is not threatening anyone or being rude, etc....it's just one flight. most people will never see her again. anyone who says something just can't handle some skin. a man dressed in cut-off's has a reason for dressing that way - I myself am open minded. Again, as long as they are not personally hurting someone mentally or physically, just get over it! now, if someone is wearing a shirt with a racist slur on it - this can be a big problem. maybe the airport should supply jackets and discreetly pull the individual to the side and kindly explain why it could be a problem.
This is hilarious! I remember flying with this guy in First Class on more than one occasion. Actually I nice guy! And this is one of his less-revealing outfits!
It's rather amazing that this story was talked about on the MJ Mornign show today in Tampa. This individual was on our flight US #1511 on 7/30 from CLT to PHX and was sitting in seat 3C. He was one of the last to board, which I'm sure was his doing, in order to draw more attention to himself. Both my partner and myself were seated in 1A & C and watched him board. As a gay man, I was highly offended by this and it's individuals like this that give us in the community a bad name! I just bless our in cabin flight crew on this flight to be able to keep a straight face with him. He was wearing black high heels, black thigh highs, tight skimpy brown daisy duke shorts, a black sheer halter top with a little pull over. Seriously, what is the point in this, other than to try and draw attention to yourself. All I can say is to our FA in first on US #1511 7/30 is bless your soul. I wanted to take a pick of him as he went to the bathroom during his 8 trips on that flight, but had to wait until we deplaned and took one there of his back.........
One of the drawbacks of living in a free society is that you have no right to NOT be offended. We also cannot legislate good taste or tact. I know that I don't let others dictate to me how I dress; I'm over 50, my parents are dead and I choose what I wear. That said, that's one fugly mutha and I pity the person who had the seat next to him. :)
Americans (legal) won't say anything about this, much like the muslims don't say anything about their terrorists, our culture, etc....hence, Sharia law is moving right in! We've sunken to a new low with the belief that we can do anything we want without decency or common respectand consideration for others! Soon we will lose more of our decent freedoms and end up with chaos and laws that will restrict!
That . . . is . . . fantastic.
I'm betting the ACLU put him up to it.
I would hate to sit next to this man.Those airline seats leave you so little personal space.It would gross me out to have all that bare flesh so close.Climbing over him to go to the bathroom and maybe touching that naked belly.....yuck!
If this is what he's wearing, what's in the suitcase?
today is the day The Senator has given up on his political aspirations.
It might not be appropriate, but it sure isn't illegal. It's no more offensive than the businessman talking on the phone before boarding, who curses on the phone.
You can't force people to have good taste when they leave the house. Anyone who has ever ridden the subway in a major city knows that.
Yes, this is a free country, however I flew American Airlines through Dallas Fort-Worth recently, and boy am I glad that this person was not seated next to me on the plane! His freedom to wear that thing has to live with my freedom not to sit next to somebody's bare body for hours on the plane. As a matter of fact, lessons learned when travelling lately - no low-rise jeans (you know why: if you drop something and need to pick it up, what is your neighbour has to look at?). And no sleeveless shirts next to me on the plane, please... I need some space between me and another body barely covered...
He definitely looks like someone from texas - what with all the camoflage....
i can even see the religious right of his gun.
I don't remember anyone having a problem with the fact that there are 2 churches in direct sight of the Oklahoma City bombing. Timothy McVeigh was an army vet, and open white supremacist. and supporter of the KKK. He was raised catholic. He was deeply influenced by the Christian Identity movement. Nobody showed any hatred towards the Army or Vets or white people or the churches after that? Why is this different? Because most of the people practicing Islam are not WHITE? Has anyone tried to move the Catholic Churches away from schools or parks where children play? That should be the real concern!
I was on a plane just yesterday, and there was a woman wearing considerably LESS than that. Why the double standard?
I live in Key West. Its rare a day goes past when I don't see someone dressed like this, or worse.
This is just ridiculous. I flew for 4 years, 2 - 3 times a month and I have seen FAR FAR worse. I have seen females AND males wearing far less and far skankier.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with a male or female wearing this pretty much anywhere they damn please.
Stop being so homophobic and grow up already.
Honestly I don't care what a passenger wears so long as nothing inappropriate is showing. Everything appears to be covered (with a considerable amount of effort I might add), but what is bothersome is the inaccuracy of the article with regard to the carrier.
The story is attributed to a passenger on an American Airlines flight and folks are up in arms about whether this was a violation of AA policy. There's just one problem...this isn't an AA gate, if the photo is to be believed. This is DFW airport and by looking at the picture this clearly appears to be gate E38. Gates E35-E38 are owned by U.S. Air, not American Airlines. In fact, American Airlines has no operations at all out of Terminal E at DFW (the terminal that was previously occupied by Delta when they had a mini-hub here).
This should be outlawed ....i find it very offensive and what an example he sets for our young. Do his parents know he(she)? is out like that?
That is some funny stuff. Yes it is stupid and he is kind of an idiot for wearing that it public, but it is funny. The airline is kind of dumb for allowing him on the plane, and if they will allow him on, they will allow anyone on! At least he does not take up two seats.
Just for everyone's information these were half bootie shorts, in the back half his butt was exposed along with the fabric was up his crack, my partner took this picture that's how I know, it's unhygienic for the next passenger to sit down on a public plane seat when this guy's bodily butt fluids were smashed into the fabric for hours on this flight. It's goes beyond dress code it's a biohazard.
I've got to hand it to this guy. He's quite comfortable being his unique individual self. A form of expression. Yes, maybe too much "expressing". But none the less, he's just being himself.
I wonder where he was off too? And who picked him up at the airport destination?
Although I do believe that everyone should be able to wear whatever they like as long as nothing innaproperiate is showing, I wouldn't like to sit next to this guy on a 12 hour flight or something...
this report is stupid if it was a girl most men would find it amusing and would be walking with their yehas around. the man is actually married and is a nice guy his wife tells him to dress like this and it part of their every day life i bet u idiots assumed that this man was gay or a frustrated drag queen all of u should be ashamed for judging a book by its cover. makes no difference weather his on a pool area or in the beach you people will still judge the man the same way with out even knowing the person this is y this world is so f up how about the writer judges it self who probably got worst fetishes then him
this report is stupid if it was a girl most men would find it amusing and would be walking with their bon#W$$@ around. the man is actually married and is a nice guy his wife tells him to dress like this and it part of their every day life i bet u idiots assumed that this man was gay or a frustrated drag queen all of u should be ashamed for judging a book by its cover. makes no difference weather his on a pool area or in the beach you people will still judge the man the same way with out even knowing the person this is y this world is so fu%$^% up how about the writer judges it self who probably got worst fetishes then him
a) E38 at DFW is a US Airways gate.
b) I have seen this person and agree with ireportidiot. He actually flew on the same flight as me from SLC to PHX. The guy is a CEO, very well off, married, and a very nice person in real life. I know we should not judge books by their covers, but some of us have a habit of doing it anyway.
um well i know what u shouldnt wear to a air port and its what that old person is wearing in the pic. also i agree with iflyaton but i didint meet the guy but we shouldnt judge a book by its cover even though most of us do anyway i know but what u should wear to an air port is probably just like jeans and a t-shirt or a dress or stuff like that.
I wouldn't be caught dead in a outfit like that! That's disturbing and will probably give me night mares! I wish people would dress more modest!
the world is moving on women are wearing pants suit and tie judges are wearing long dresses call them robes if it make you feel better.but the world is moving on .bet if a sports supper star was wearing the same outfit and said it was a new style every one will be wearing the same.so its all perception .a man will always be a man and a woman will always be a woman no matter what they wear.and the world keep moving on .
I am a flight attendant and I would have send this one back to the gate. A woman would have been denied boarding in this garb ! Again double standart... surprise surprise...
Good for that guy! Despite your judgmental opinions, everyone has the right to dress how they want to. Leave that guy alone and focus on your own problems.
I'm more afraid of some really fat passenger's sweaty girth spilling into my seat, but saggy pants are also a no-no. Makes you look like you're sitting on the toilet.