May 24, 2012- Having freedom of speech is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, unless, of course, you have your views expressed on your clothing while flying on a passenger plane. This past Monday, a woman was wearing a shirt that had printed on the front a sentence that read – “If I wanted the government inside my womb, I would have f—- a Senator.”
The woman was on an American Airlines flight and was told by the flight’s captain that she should have been stopped before boarding and not allowed on the flight unless she changed her shirt. The captain also said she would have to change her attire before she could board any connecting flight she might have.
The woman was on her way home from a visit to Washington D.C. when she was told by a flight attendant that the captain wanted to speak with her. As she exited the plane, she was approached by the captain, who asked her to cover the part of her shirt that included the “F-word.”
An American Airline spokesperson said the company has a policy that says a passenger may be refused transport or asked to be removed from an aircraft said passenger, among other things, has clothing that would offend or cause discomfort to fellow passengers.
The passenger missed her next flight, but boarded another connecting flight and used a shawl to cover her shirt.