Monday, July 25, 2011
Jet Blue Air Has Triple Standard Dress Code
Triple Standard? US Airways Allows Man Wearing Panties To Fly But Not College Man With Low Rider Pants or A Woman With a Body Shirt/>s
June 22, 2011
Jet Blue Airlines is in hot water for employing a triple standard dress code.
You remember the University of New Mexico football player, Deshon Marman, who was arrested at a San Francisco airport for his sagging pants, right?
Then there was the 27 year-old woman who was required to prove she was wearing panties under her body shirt. She was required by a male screener to lift her shirt to her waist so he could verify she was wearing underpants.
But in this June 9, 2011, photo provided by airline passenger Jill Tarlow, an unnamed passenger was permitted to board an aircraft in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., despite protests from fellow passengers.
This is a June 9, 2011, photo provided by Ms.Tarlow showing an unnamed passenger scantily dressed and taken at the airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The man was wearing blue women's underwear and thigh-high stockings. He also is sporting a spaghetti-strap top, baring his midriff. The panties are just as revealing.
According to police, the day Marman was arrested, he was wearing pants, "below his butt and his boxer shorts were showing."
So the new revelation brings up lots of questions about the airline's dress code and whether there is a triple standard at play. It also brings up questions about race. The cross dressing man allowed to fly is white and Marman is black.
"It just shows the hypocrisy involved," according to Marman's lawyer after he viewed the photo of the cross-dressing passenger. "They let a drag queen board a flight and welcomed him with open arms. Employees didn't ask him to cover up. He didn't have to talk to the pilot. They didn't try to remove him from the plane - and many people would find his attire repugnant."
O'Sullivan added, "A white man is allowed to fly in underwear without question, but my client was asked to pull up his pajama pants because they hung below his waist."
We don't have a dress code policy," [US Airways spokeswoman Valerie] Wunder said. "Obviously, if their private parts are exposed, that's not appropriate...So if they're not exposing their private parts, they're allowed to fly."
The airline has said Marman was exposing a body part on June 15 when he was repeatedly asked to pull up his pants. His attorney, Joe O'Sullivan, said surveillance video would show his client's skin was not showing.