Is it worth getting kicked off of a flight due to a t-shirt? I’d probably say no but that’s exactly what happened to a guy flying on Southwest from Dallas to Chicago.
Daniel Podolsky, a college student was flying home after attending the South by Southwest Festival when the plane had to make a stop in St Louis due to poor weather in Chicago.
Podolsky was wearing a shirt that he got at SXSW from Comedy Central. It was a freebie given out to promote the show Broad City. However, the shirt had an extra dirty word included.
The shirt had the words Broad F***ING City written in large white letter on the front.
During the unexpected stop in St Louis, Podolsky got off the plane to use the bathroom. When he tried to get back on board, the gate agent had a problem with his shirt.
He was told to remove the shirt, cover it with a jacket or wear it inside out but refused to do so.
According to USA Today’s Road Warrior Voices, “Podolsky’s next move was to confront the gate agent and he was then escorted from the terminal on the arm of one of St. Louis’ finest police officers.”
Podolsky told news channel FOX2NOW that he would’ve gladly complied with the request but this was proven to be a lie. His own cellphone video was the incriminating evidence of his refusal to comply with the agent’s request.
Podolsky was allowed to board a later flight after changing his shirt. Southwest said that they stuck behind their crew’s decision to kick Podolsky off of the flight.
Was Southwest out of line to tell him what was acceptable or not to wear on board the flight? Was Podolosky’s freedom of speech silenced by the airline?
While I don’t think airlines should be able to dictate a dress code or tell us what is or isn’t acceptable to wear, this t-shirt may have been just a bit out of line.
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