This Shirt Got A College Student Kicked Off a Plane
Photo via Comedy Central
The discussion about what constitutes free speech has been debated for years, but one college student learned the hard way that vulgar language displayed on a shirt is enough to warrant an airline kicking you off the plane.
According to George Sells of Fox2Now.com, New York college student Daniel Podolsky was on a Southwest Airlines flight from Dallas to Chicago when his plane was forced to make a stop at Lambert Airport in St. Louis, Missouri, due to weather issues.
Podolsky got off the plane and entered the terminal, wearing his shirt that said “Broad F---ing City,” a show on Comedy Central. He claims he was wearing a jacket for most of his trip, but took it off in the airplane and didn’t put it back on before heading out into the airport.
After using the restroom, Podlosky returned to the terminal with his uncensored shirt and was confronted by the Southwest gate agent. He was asked by the employees to change or turn his shirt inside out, but after refusing to do so and causing a scene, he was removed by airport police officers.
Initially, Podlosky told Fox2Now.com that he would have changed his shirt if asked. After showing the video of the incident to Sells, though, he is reporting that it was abundantly clear that Southwest did ask him and the student flat-out refused.
When asked about why he would even attempt to wear an offensive shirt in public, Podlosky told Sells about his perception of the ordeal:
“Well, is it really in the airline’s position to make that call? Especially when the only time you can see the shirt I’m in my little box of space. There are more than a hundred people on the plane trying to get to Chicago and the most important thing is my shirt? How does that work? Where’s the sense of priority?”
Stranded in St. Louis, the college student reached out to Fox 2 to tell his story. Southwest Airlines backed the way its employees handled the situation, but were still nice enough to allow Podolsky to travel home to New York on a later flight.
The only caveat for the flight home; the student had to change his shirt. Podolsky obliged and left St. Louis Monday night.
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