Posted on 5.26.2012 by Chantal
According to RH Reality Check, a pro-choice advocate was recently barred from catching a connecting flight on American Airlines because she was wearing an "offensive" pro-choice T-shirt. The woman in question was stopped before exiting the plane and told that she would not be allowed to board her next flight until she changed her shirt.
The shirt was gray with the wording, "If I wanted the government in my womb, I'd fuck a senator." I must also mention that when I boarded the plane, I was one of the first groups to board (did not pass by many folks). I was wearing my shawl just loosely around my neck and upon sitting down in my seat the lady next to me, who was already seated, praised me for wearing the shirt.
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 DC and needed to change before boarding my next flight. This conversation led to me missing my connecting flight. 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. Well, upon my hastened 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.
Will the ridiculousness ever stop?! Feel free to tell the folks at American Airlines that what kind of t-shirt you wear (and what you do with your vagina!) is none of their floppin' bunnies!