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Woman Misses Connecting Flight Over “Offensive” Pro-Choice T-Shirt

A woman wearing a pro-choice T-shirt containing profane language claims she was forced to miss her connecting flight because a pilot, a flight attendant and a gate official delayed her connection until she changed her shirt.

MSNBC reports that the woman, identified only as “O,” was wearing a T-shirt that read “If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d fuck a senator,” popularized on a sign held by Oklahoma state senator Judy McIntyre (D) at a March pro-choice rally at the University of Oklahoma.

“O” was allowed to board her American Airlines flight in Washington, D.C. without any difficulty. But as her plane was landing at an unspecified airport, a flight attendant approached her and informed her that she would have to speak to the captain before disembarking.

“When I was leaving the plane, the captain stepped off with me and told me I should not have been allowed to board the plane in D.C. and needed to change before boarding my next flight,” “O” wrote in an email to friend Jodi Jacobsen, editor in chief of the pro-choice website RH Reality Check, which first broke the story.

“I assumed that because I was held up by the captain, they would have called ahead to let the connecting flight know I was in route,” “O” continued. “Well, upon my arrival at the gate of the connecting flight, it was discovered that they did indeed call ahead but not to hold the flight, only to tell them I needed to change my shirt.”

“I was given a seat on the next flight and told to change shirts.”

In an email to MSNBC, American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith denied that airline employees asked “O” to change her shirt for political reasons.

“The only reason she was asked to cover up her T-shirt was the appearance of the ‘F-word’ on the T-shirt,” he wrote. “The [pro-choice] message is irrelevant to our policy and had no bearing in our crew’s decision to ask her to cover up the F-word. The outcome would have been exactly the same had the message been anti-abortion.”

Smith cited official company policy, which allows the airline to remove or refuse boarding to any passenger dressed “in a manner that would cause discomfort or offense to other passengers.”

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