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Today's Poll: 03/27/2015

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A New York college student was kicked off a Southwest flight for wearing an offensive shirt. Do you think it was appropriate for Southwest to remove the student from the flight? Submitted By Team Swagbucks, CA
Yes, the airline has a responsibility to its other passengers
No, passengers should be able to wear whatever they want
Other/Undecided (explain in comments)
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cygnet
on 03/27/15
TemptressWhisky9 liked this  
I firmly believe in freedom of speech. However where children are involved a bit of moderation and tact should be utilized.
Swizzlenut
on 03/27/15
You might firmly believe in freedom of speech but you might want to fully understand something before you firmly believe in it......
coolmom2012
on 03/27/15
Yes the air line is a business and they have every right to make rules and if you don't want to comply than fly another air line or drive or find another means of getting there
Mark525252
on 03/27/15
Swizzlenut liked this  
i'm surprised anyone took the time to look up from their iphone to notice...
Swizzlenut
on 03/27/15
They probably didn't even see it until they saw the video or story on their phone......
HaleyB97
on 03/27/15
RastaQue8686 liked this  
It depends on the shirt.
Matchgirl42
on 03/27/15
SilverSie liked this  
Uh...I looked up a news story, it was just the F-word. Really? People are gonna get that riled up over the F-word? The airline's gonna get worried about - what, exactly? That he's gonna join the mile-high club? I mean with all the things to worry about on a flight these days, and they're gonna worry about the f-word on a shirt? And apparently there were no problems during the first leg of his flight, just when he tried to re-board after a short layover. And honestly it's not like Southwest has a great track record in this area...honestly the only reason they are still in business is because they keep their fares low. But just like Wal-Mart, they make you pay for it in other ways...like aggravation and insane, arbitrarily-enforced rules. (How much you wanna bet there was someone else on the same plane with the same tshirt who was allowed to complete their flight?)
1234567890zip
on 03/27/15
It is appropriate, unless you think about the bill of rights which counts this as freedom of speech
samesince83
on 03/27/15
no, a t-shirt is a t-shirt
Swizzlenut
on 03/27/15
Yes, rules are rules.
neelielf
on 03/27/15
coolmom2012 liked this  
Yes, it was appropriate for Southwest to remove the student from the flight. He was give the choice to turn his shirt inside out, cover it up or change it and he refused.
okieladybug
on 03/27/15
coolmom2012 liked this  
If that's their policy they have the right to enforce it...so I voted yes.
Melodious74
on 03/27/15
What is offensive to some may not be offensive to others. The poll clearly did not state what the offensive t-shirt said.
catters
on 03/27/15
psychgirl06 liked this  
not enough information, I did not hear about this
4dames
on 03/27/15
no, he should not have been removed unless he was wearing something pornographic on his shirt. Likewise if individuals are wearing clothing that does not cover their private areas they should not be allowed to board.
Swizzlenut
on 03/27/15
coolmom2012 liked this  
And if you are an owner of a private business you can make that decision, just like they did.
SunshineSpiked
on 03/27/15
shortsenior51 liked this  
they could have asked him to flip it in side out or to change it.
DuoSwag
on 03/27/15
RastaQue8686 and 2 others liked this  
They should of just told him to put something over it, it's not that big of a deal
ReubenQuest
on 03/27/15
Just should have asked him to change shirts or turn it inside out.
Emmabug77
on 03/27/15
It didn't say what the shirt said...I think it would depend what is considered offensive.
sofiaxxcholo
on 03/27/15
coolmom2012 and 12 others liked this  
People, read the real story. The kid is a tool who doesn't know what freedom of speech means. Southwest has the right to refuse service to those who don't follow their terms of service. (private property) So yes, he can wear whatever he wants, but he will not be able to wear it wherever he wants.
zephyr359
on 03/27/15
Swizzlenut and 2 others liked this  
I agree. He's an f'n a-hole -- showed no respect to the Southwest employee at all.
LeakyDucky
on 03/27/15
Swizzlenut and 1 others liked this  
I'm surprised that he wasn't escorted off the airport, not just the terminal, has his ticket forfeited and fined for misconduct and wasting so many personnel and passengers' time.
met333
on 03/27/15
It could start a fight. Thats not safe on a airplane.
Swizzlenut
on 03/27/15
It seems that not very many people read any of the previous comments before they post anything.
luckylatrice
on 03/27/15
They should have told the student that he could take off the shirt, turn it inside out, or be removed from the flight. People should be able to wear whatever they want, but some things just aren't ok. Like, people should be able to say anything they want too, but if you say the word "bomb" on an airplane, you likely won't make it in the air.
rdgsjh
on 03/27/15
They did give him the option to change or turn his shirt inside out. He refused. They let him off.
Wains
on 03/27/15
it does depend on if choice was given to change or hide the shirt and refused i think
deepseabeauty
on 03/27/15
He was given the choice. The shirt had the F-word on it. He claimed he wasn't given a choice, but video surfaced clearly showing the choice being given.
Bonsaisms
on 03/27/15
noellarose liked this  
Can't really comment on this. I don't know what the shirt said. It's hard to make a decision based on limited facts.
4gma
on 03/27/15
cjbell68 and 1 others liked this  
It would be helpful if the people answering the poll would watch the video showing exactly what and how things were said to him before they answer.
haphazardry
on 03/27/15
Emmabug77 liked this  
It would've been helpful of Swagbucks had linked to it in their question. :-/
deepseabeauty
on 03/27/15
Emmabug77 liked this  
If the readers here knew the full story, I don't think this poll would be reflecting "No".
lu1gi
on 03/27/15
Well, I am being reviewed by Swagbucks for saying Vgna and pens
JoeDoakes
on 03/27/15
Emmabug77 and 1 others liked this  
if the student had the choice to change his shirt and refused, it's totally his own fault for being obstinate.
redhat235618885
on 03/27/15
TemptressWhisky9 liked this  
When you post a statement that some clothing was considered offensive---- but do not show the clothing--- you expect us to comment on whether someone else's view is offensive--- not the clothing--- show a picture of the clothing--- was it a naked woman picture?-- could be offensive--- was it a picture of a ham sandwich?-- could be offensive in iran,
pfbot
on 03/27/15
tinaeminem and 1 others liked this  
FREEDOM OF SPEECH
Les72
on 03/27/15
Swizzlenut liked this  
. . . does not apply.
mmawcp
on 03/27/15
Depends what was on it
EarninBig
on 03/27/15
Tell them to wear a different shirt.
lowriders4now
on 03/27/15
Why didn't the TSA ask the passenger to turn the shirt inside out. Instead of allowing the passenger to board the plane. What tinaeminem said was true about what did the shirt say then take the correct action
TheDorkOne
on 03/27/15
TemptressWhisky9 and 1 others liked this  
Because the TSA's job is security. It doesn't involve dealing with passengers who violate an individual airline's diress code.

He WAS asked to turn his shirt inside out, cover it up, or change it by airline empolyees. He refused, and thus they refused him further service until he complied.
cjbell68
on 03/27/15
They did ask him...he refused
VirtuousOne
on 03/27/15
shortsenior51 liked this  
All depends. Nowadays, people get offended when they hear the name "Jesus".
Deezi2003
on 03/27/15
kocko liked this  
: ) Let the passing-er wear a new, f-re-sh sh-ir-ts! : )
B2Girl
on 03/27/15
Depends on what is on the shirt.
LoyalLoyalty
on 03/27/15
I dont believe a persons attire should force them to get off of a flight they may have paid hndreds of dollars for. Instead I think they shouldve said they would like that person to either change his shirt or wear something over it. Th way a person dresses can always offend somebody else but what they where is what makes them feel comfortable and it should not be punishable at the cost of there finances and travel. And if the person didnt want to change over cover there attire they could have simply moved one of the two to a different section of the plane.
XSPEEDY
on 03/27/15
nowadays people are offended by the American flag and wear profanity,so it depends.
Tiggermichelle
on 03/27/15
Swizzlenut and 1 others liked this  
Now that I know what the kid was wearing and how he reacted when they politely asked him to hide it, I agree they were okay to do it.
ConnieD53
on 03/27/15
It depends on the shirt, and how offensive it was. If it promoted bigotry or was pornographic, he should have been given the opportunity to change it.
tinaeminem
on 03/27/15
It didn't. It promoted a TV show, and it had the F word on it. People on flights don't walk around looking at other people's shirts. I don't see what the big deal is.
TheDorkOne
on 03/27/15
Swizzlenut and 3 others liked this  
Besides it being a violation of their dress code, which forbids passengers dressed lewdly? And besides his absolutely snotty behavior when asked to put the jacket he HAD been wearing to cover it back on?

Overgrown Toddler decided to pitch a fit -- and RECORDED it. One might think he EXPECTED to be called on it in an effort to lay claim to his 15 minutes of fame.
LotusSkye
on 03/27/15
Depends on how offensive. They could have had him turn the shirt inside out.
myfbil
on 03/27/15
He refused to do that.
madkanter
on 03/27/15
If the shirt was offensive instead of removing the passenger, the airline could've made the passenger turn the shirt inside out.
TheDorkOne
on 03/27/15
cjbell68 liked this  
They asked him to. They also asked him to put the jacket he had been wearing back on. He decided to be a snot about it, and that's what got him left behind.
JKalley
on 03/27/15
TemptressWhisky9 and 3 others liked this  
The kid have a t-shirt with the F word emblazed upon it in big bold letters. The kid was asked politely to turn his shirt inside out, wear a jacket zipped up the flight or change his shirt. He instead threw a fit and tried to declare freedom of speech. They removed him from the flight and I am glad. He did get another flight WHEN he changed his shirt. I do not use that language, allow that language to be used and would not want to see that language should I be near him.
moed2012
on 03/27/15
well he used the freedom of speech as to why he wouldn't take if off, turn it inside out or anything although it might not fall under the freedom of speech we also have the right to freedom of expression if a person is offended at the use of profanity don't look at it but the airlines service has guidelines that they have to follow as well as their customers obviously this guy wasn't aware of the employees there sure they hear plenty profanity during the course of their work day i mean give me a break theirs more important things going on in airports to be worrying themselves over nonsense like that.
mrsckit
on 03/27/15
myfbil liked this  
Way to go kid - make your parents proud. NOT. Regardless of whether he had the right to wear the shirt it's tacky. He also lied during the video.
HWanderer
on 03/27/15
TemptressWhisky9 and 1 others liked this  
Freedom of speech is freedom to express your views and opinions, not freedom to advertise them in any and all places one might do so. Freedom of speech does not (for example) allow one to walk into their local Catholic church during mass and start shouting about the whole thing being a sham; it doesn't prevent the owners of any given piece of private property from ejecting you if you intrude or refuse to abide by their rules, and it certainly doesn't prevent them from refusing you service if you flout their rules either.

Simply put, freedom of speech simply guarantees that in the appropriate venue, you may express your beliefs and thoughts freely so long as they do not threaten others (as in with actual threats of violence, etc.). It does not guarantee that every venue within the country's influence will be deemed appropriate.
tmorsesb
on 03/27/15
LAURAHARRIS222 liked this  
No. If they really were so upset the message, they could have asked him to go into the restroom and turn it inside out.
jtsadavis
on 03/27/15
myfbil and 1 others liked this  
They did. They were very polite and asked him if he could change, wear it inside out, was there anything he could do and he said no. Watch the video on line.
moed2012
on 03/27/15
cashsmom1 liked this  
they did and he said he wasn't that it was freedom of speech,they also asked if he could put a jacket over it and he refused.
MDell1967
on 03/27/15
Undecided because I do not know what the shirt had on it. Therefore I do not feel I can say one way or the other.
Goofyunc
on 03/27/15
repat and 8 others liked this  
The shirt had the F word in big letters. In response to people to cry "freedom of speech"... 1) Freedom of Speech does not cover profane or obscene speech, and 2) Freedom of Speech protects a person from actions by the gov't (i.e. Being jailed for saying soething unpopular), not from any and all consequences. That being said, I think the airline had a right to say they didn't want that language portrayed or expressed on their airline's flights. I don't know if he was given the option to cover up or turn the shirt inside out, but that should've been their first option. If he adamantly refused to do anything to cover the word, I think they had the right to say he wasn't allowed on the plane.
komfykat
on 03/27/15
he was given the option to change or turn it inside out. when talking to a reporter, he said he had video, the video shows the cop asking him to change/insideout and him saying no no n oway.
Hutch8888
on 03/27/15
tinaeminem liked this  
If no regulations was posted about wearing offensive clothing prior to buying the ticket then Southwest is in the wrong for ostracizing.
tinaeminem
on 03/27/15
Wooow. Someone flagged my post seconds after I posted it, and all because I answered someone who asked what the shirt said. I didn't realize people were that sensitive. Grow up.
zephyr359
on 03/27/15
45% for "Passengers should be able to wear whatever they want"?
I can see it now -- more "No Pants" days at the DC subways.
I'm not offended, but could you please make sure to wear the right sized underwear.

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