by Little Baby Ginn & Mondoreb
What's fashionable in the sky with Southwest Airlines became news once again: this time in Tampa. Another ticket to the Great American Litigation Lottery was punched for a Florida man this time.
From YahooNewsBy now, readers are breathlessly awaiting word of the offense T-shirt wording.
TAMPA, Fla. - Southwest Airlines said it plans to apologize to a Florida passenger after an employee forced him to change out of a sexually suggestive T-shirt or risk getting thrown off the plane.
The incident last week in Columbus, Ohio, came after Southwest Airlines created a public uproar by telling a woman on a flight in July that her outfit was too revealing for her to fly.
Largo resident Joe Winiecki said he was sitting in the last row of a Columbus-to-Tampa flight when an employee told him he had to change his T-shirt, turn it inside out or get off the plane.At this point in the story, Winiecki transformed into a First Amendment Crusader--or at least said Crusader's legal counsel.
The shirt, bought in the Virgin Islands, uses sexual double entendre to promote a fictional fishing tackle shop. The largest lettering reads "Master Baiter."
Winiecki argued that the airline was violating his right to free speech but changed rather than risk getting kicked off the flight and missing a day of work.
"It's really disappointing in this country when I can't travel from Ohio to Florida with the clothes on my back," Winiecki said. "Who's to say what's offensive and what's not?"
Fashion in the skies became big news this past summer when a 23-year-old Hooters employee was told by a Southwest Airlines employee that her clothing was "too provocative" to fly. The woman, Kyla Ebbert, was offered free airline tickets but apparently decided instead to cash in another ticket: her ticket Southwest had offered her earlier in the GALL. She appeared on a 'Today' show segment along with her mother and an attorney.
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