WOW All this over two people who obviously have no common sense.
I have read the many posts to this thread. I originally wasn't going to reply to it but when I saw the range of subjects included in the posts I had to put my two cents in. So here it is.
I never thought that this was a political discussion, what does George W. Bush have to do with this. Other than the fact that he is the current President and people just like to disrespect him. You don't see any Bush fans poking fun at John Kerry here. "I by the way will be voting in this years election and I will be voting for George W. Bush" That ends the political discussion.
More to the point now.
Two people are traveling by air. One is wearing a potentially offensive T-Shirt. Obviously this person has no regard for other peoples feelings. Personally my wife and I are pretty progressive and open minded when it comes to nudity, and sex. She is English and I lived in Europe for several years. European views are much different than Americans but they still have common decency and respect for others. There is however a time and a place for everything. Unfortunately the closed environment of an aircraft is not the appropriate time or place for such displays. I don't even believe that it is the appropriate place for a conversation about politics, religion or war or any display thereof.
The issue for AA
is plain old common decency and courtesy towards others. This couple obviously did not have that in mind when he made the decision to wear the shirt nor did he when he refused to change or turn it inside out. AA
Acted well within their rights as a PRIVATE AIR CARRIER and denied the passenger boarding for not complying with the crews request. AA
Even gave the couple a refund for their flight.
I myself have been in situations that required me to ask a passenger to change clothes or wash up a bit before I allowed him to board my aircraft. The passengers in my case did not have a problem changing and or cleaning up a bit. Most people would not.
SO there you have it. My two cents, well maybe four cents. I hope I have not Offended anyone on this board thus prompting the removal of my membership and denial for further access. I only hope that if that happens I get a full refund for my First Class Membership. Until then have fun and Keep flying.
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