Days Before Black Passenger Wearing Sagging Pants was Arrested on U.S. Airways Flight, Same Airline Allowed White Man to Fly in Ladies’ Lingerie
Last week, we told you about Deshon Marman, a black college football star who was removed from a US Airways plane and arrested for refusing to comply with a pilot’s request to pull up his sagging pants.
According to the Chronicle, passenger Jill Tarlow was traveling from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Phoenix on June 9 when she saw the older man in blue women’s underwear and black stockings in the terminal. She asked to take his photo, and he happily obliged.
“No one would have believed me if I didn’t take his picture,” she explained. “It was unbelievable… and he loved it. He posed for me.”
Tarlow said that other passengers complained about the man’s unusual clothing before the plane boarded, but airline employees ignored their objections.
“We don’t have a dress code policy,” US Airways spokeswoman Valerie Wunder told the Chronicle. “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.”
Oh really? Deshon Marman was not exposing his private parts at all. He wasn’t even showing any skin, unlike our cross-dressing friend who was allowed to fly.
Joe O’Sullivan, Marman’s attorney, asserts that his client was asked to pull up his pants because he was stereotyped as a thug, and that US Airways is guilty of racial discrimination. This new evidence of the panty passenger seems to bolster his claim.
“It just shows the hypocrisy involved,” O’Sullivan told the Chronicle. “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.”
“A white man is allowed to fly in his underwear without question, but my client was asked to pull up his pajama pants because they hung below his waist.”
Moral Low Ground has no problem with “drag queens” flying on commercial airplanes in women’s underwear. We also have no problem with sagging pants. But we do take issue with the seemingly discriminatory singling out of Deshon Marman, especially when panty man’s clothing was far more revealing and potentially offensive than his was. Of course, panty man is an old white guy, while Marman is a towering young black man.
Wunder went out of her way to tell the Chronicle that Marman was not arrested because he was wearing baggy pants, but rather because he did not comply with the pilot’s request to pull them up.
“The root of the matter is, if you don’t comply with the captain’s requests, the captain has the right to handle the issue because it’s one of safety.”
The important question here is why the pilot asked Marman to pull his pants up. And if sagging pants are a safety issue, this country is in severe, imminent danger of… I have no idea!
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