Woman in a Pro-Choice T-Shirt Not Allowed to Board Her Flight

government in my womb t-shirtWearing my most controversial political opinions across my breasts has never really been my style. I prefer to rely on my big mouth (and writing) to express myself. But there are plenty of people who are more comfortable advertising where they stand via their clothing. Like a woman who is being referred to only as "O," who was wearing the outspoken pro-choice T-shirt shown here when she flew American Airlines recently.

O told the website RH Reality Check that she was confronted by a flight attendant who told her that she needed to speak with the captain before making her connecting flight, because her t-shirt was "offensive." The captain said that she shouldn't have been allowed to board in the first place and would have to change before boarding her connection. As a result, she ended up missing that second flight. I smell a protest!!

It's not like O was the first lady to wear a tee sporting the politically-charged statement. The slogan first appeared on a sign at a rally in Oklahoma in February, and Oklahoma Sen. Judy McIntyre (D) posed with the sign, later telling HuffPo:

I saw a sea of signs that caught my eye, but this one in particular -- I loved its offensive language, because it's just as offensive for Republicans of Oklahoma to do what they're doing as it relates to women's bodies. I don't apologize for it.

O must have seen eye-to-eye with Sen. McIntyre, and I don't blame her for being pumped about the message! But at the same time, well, it's not like the action American Airlines took against her was unprecedented. It clearly states in the airline's conditions of carriage that "American may refuse to transport you, or may remove you from your flight at any point, for one or several reasons," one of which is if you're "clothed in a manner that would cause discomfort or offense to other passengers."

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And an AA representative responded to the story by explaining that the problem the pilot had with O's shirt was the "f-word," not the pro-choice sentiment.

Like it or not, seems like that's all legit legally. Still, it's galling that the airline thinks its their job to regulate passenger's clothing and preempt another passenger being offended.

If I saw a guy with an anti-semetic sentiment on his sweatshirt or a someone using a laptop sporting a misogynistic GOP bumper sticker, I'd be offended, sure. But I wouldn't necessarily expect the airline to kick that person off the flight. Then again, leaving passengers to their own idiotic devices and knee-jerk reactions could get ugly.

Guess AA is just trying to play mediator to keep the peace aboard their flights, huh? Too bad even hilarious, spot-on messages have to fall by the wayside for that to happen ... but maybe next time O flies, if she just blurs out the offending word, it should be go.

Do you think airlines have a right to tell us what we can and can't wear?

Image via crocktees.com

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nonmember avatar Alicia

She was exercising her right to kill babies, and the airline was exercising their right to get that disgusting woman off of their plane :) Good for them.

RTPCa... RTPCarolina

This is a free country and i think it is dumb they kicked her but the government doesn't own the airline and like any business it can choose who they serve as a customer.


You know what Anna Potts? I have NO idea what you said. Sometimes punctuation is your friend. It all bled together!


nonmember avatar Laura

An airline shouldn't have to point out that the shirt is offensive... yes, we live in America and have the right to free speech, but what happened to being respectful of other people? That kind of language is not acceptable in a public, family-friendly environment. I would have complained if my child had to sit next to someone wearing this shirt on the plane. It is sad that the majority of people have absolutely no regard for others.

OneAl... OneAllergicMama

Would it be better if she wore an I <3 Hitler shirt?  Both promote the genocide of innocent human beings.

And yes, if she had sat next to me on a flight I would have been itching to start a fight.

homeo... homeoflove

Private airlines should have the right to dictate dress codes....just as any other private business does.

Zangr... Zangrilli

Of course she should have been asked to change.  Pilots/airline staff have the right to deny access for a number of reasons, including offensive clothes.  It was a completely inappropriate shirt, because of the f-word and the message.  There are other venues where this would be acceptable, but not on an airplane, which is a family-oriented business.  This is not covered by free speech and freedom of expression, for all of the people are cry that in defense. 

Priya... Priyankarox

Trashy people who advertise their lack of manners & morals with displays of profanity & vulgarity should not be allowed aboard any public conveyance.

Nakes... NakeshaMika

I think it is funny that those same type of people save whales and trees but don't care about the life they created. Pathetic and immoral.

Lilys... Lilysmomma84

I would still think it was Idiotic thing to where ON A T~Shirt your wearing on a flight ... where it at home , going to the supermarket , whatever i don't give a flying **Beep** .... but to were it at a place you KNOW people have gotten asked to leave , asked to change , Its not a NEVER know of thing , WE HAVE HURED OF IT HAPPENING , That people with shirts with profanity have been asked to take them off , turn them inside out , ect ..... so personally in my opinion ... This was O's attempt to GET NOTTICED !!!!! GET ATTETION .... it wasn't a shock to her , SHE KNEW IT WOULD CAUSE A PROBLEM !!!! this was done TO GET HER NOTICED !!..... , "I personally don't where any Shirts that say anything !!! because i don't like people reading my CHEST !! But  think about it , if you know people get asked to cover up or leave because of what they where , would you go on a airline with something that even COULD offend people knowing what might/probably could happen ??? unless you WANT it to happen

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