Airline OKs Flier in Women's Underwear

But saggy pants aren't allowed on US Airways flight
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jun 22, 2011 2:20 AM CDT
Unidentified US Airways passenger poses for a flier angry that he was allowed to board a Fort Lauderdale-to-Phoenix flight. Days later a student was bounced, and busted, for wearing baggy pants.   (Facebook/Jill Tarlow)

(Newser) – It's getting tough to figure out airline dress codes. One thing's clear, though: The tightest, tiniest "pants" apparently will fly. Days before a college football player was bounced—and busted—for wearing saggy pants, an older male passenger tarted out in women's bikini briefs and thigh-high black stockings was allowed to fly the same airline. The call was made even after other passengers on the Fort Lauderdale-to-Phoenix flight complained to US Airways workers. "We don't have a dress code policy," an airline spokeswoman told the San Francisco Chronicle. "Obviously, if private parts are exposed, that's not appropriate. But if they're not exposing their private parts, they're allowed to fly."

Irritated passenger Jill Tarlow snapped a photo of the unidentified passenger. "I just kept thinking to myself, 'What if I was wearing that outfit?” Tarlow told CBS 5. “Would US Airways not ask me to cover up? If a woman was in a stripper outfit they’d allow her to board?" University of New Mexico football player Deshon Marman was yanked from a San Francisco flight bound for Albuquerque by the same airline earlier this month because his saggy pants exposed the top of his boxer shorts. Marman was arrested after he refused to pull up his pants. “I think the airline maybe has a market strategy toward drag queens and against young African Americans,” said Marman's attorney. "A white man is allowed to fly in underwear without question, but my client was asked to pull up his pants because they hung below his waist."

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