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This unnamed, scantily-dressed passenger was allowed to fly US Airways from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Phoenix. The photo was captured by passenger Jill Tarlow.
US Airways has acknowledged that less than a week before having a college student arrested for allegedly refusing to hike up his saggy pants while boarding, the airline allowed a man wearing little more than women’s underwear, black thigh-high stockings and heels to fly.
On June 16, University of New Mexico football player Deshon Marman was removed from a US Airways flight at San Francisco International Airport and arrested for refusing to follow crew members’ requests to hike up his saggy pants.
At the time, an airline spokesperson said that while the airline “does not have a specific dress code …we do ask that our passengers dress in an appropriate manner to ensure the safety and comfort of all of our passengers.”
Now there are reports — and a photo published in the San Francisco Chronicle —showing that six days before the saggy-pants incident, the airline allowed a man to board a flight in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., wearing an outfit that consisted, mostly, of women’s underwear and a short, see-through, cover-up shirt.
A 20-year-old University of New Mexico football player was arrested at San Francisco International Airport after he allegedly refused to pull up his sagging pants while boarding a US Airways flight. KNTV's Cheryl Hurd reports.
Jill Tarlow, a fellow passenger on the Phoenix-bound flight, shared a photo of the scantily-clad man with the airline and the newspaper. US Airways spokeswoman Valerie Wunder confirmed to The Chronicle that she'd received the photo before last week's incident in San Francisco but said employees had been correct not to ask the man to cover himself.
“In the case of the gentleman flying of out San Francisco, it was ultimately not a matter of baggy pants. It was a matter of him not complying with crew instructions,” Wunder told msnbc.com. "In terms of the man in Florida: As long as you’re covered you can fly. In the picture, that man is covered. A little unorthodox, but covered."
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