'Change Your Outfit Or Get Off The Plane!'
Not this again. Yet another Southwest Airlines
passenger is not a happy customer, after being asked to change
their outfit, or get off the plane. The incident is the second time
in recent months the airline has been in the news for an employee
enforcing a dress code... which airline officials maintain it does
As ANN reported, the airline
apologized this summer to 23-year old Hooters waitress Kayla
Ebbert, after she was booted from her flight from San Diego for
wearing a denim miniskirt and a sweater over a low-cut tank top.
Another young woman -- Setara Qassim -- came forward shortly after
Ebbert took her story public, saying she was also approached by an
employee as she was flying to Burbank last June.
Ebbert told her story on national television on the "Dr. Phil"
show. Southwest Chief Executive Gary Kelly read her a written
apology on the show... and later attempted to make light of the
situation, with a "Mini Fares Sale."
This time around, the alleged victim was a man. The Associated
Press reports Joe Winiecki, of Largo, FL boarded a flight in
Columbus, OH, headed for home wearing an ostensibly fishing-themed
t-shirt... emblazoned with the words "Master Baiter."
That's when things turned sour for the Florida resident.
Winiecki says he was already in his seat when an airline employee
told him he had to change his T-shirt, turn it inside out, or get
off the plane.
Winiecki protested and told the employee it was an infringement
on his right to free speech... but changed his shirt anyway fearing
he would miss his flight and a day's work.
Southwest spokesman Chris Mainz says the employee made a mistake
because the airline does not have a dress code and the airline will
apologize to Winiecki.
After the Ebbert incident, Southwest President Colleen Barrett
sent employees a generally worded e-mail reminding them that the
airline has no dress code. However, Southwest, like other airlines,
does have language in its contract of carriage that states it
reserves the right to deny service to customers whose clothing is
"lewd, obscene or patently offensive."
Mainz says the airline has discussed giving employees more
specific examples of what is considered lewd or offensive.