October 05, 2007


Love this story:

Master Baiter T-shirt.JPGSouthwest To Passenger: Lose T-Shirt Or Leave

TAMPA - Southwest Airlines on Friday was trying to contact a Largo passenger to apologize after an employee forced him to change out of a sexually suggestive T-shirt or risk getting thrown off the plane.

The incident Sunday in Columbus, Ohio, came after Southwest Airlines created a public uproar by telling a woman on a flight in July that her outfit was too revealing for her to fly.

Joe Winiecki, 39, a radiographer at Bayfront Medical Center, said he was sitting in the last row of a Columbus-to-Tampa flight when an employee told him he had to change his T-shirt, turn it inside out or get off the plane.

The shirt, bought in the Virgin Islands, uses sexual double entendre to promote a fictional fishing tackle shop. The largest lettering reads "Master Baiter."

Winiecki argued that the airline was violating his right to free speech but changed rather than risk getting kicked off the flight and missing a day of work.

A couple things immediately strike me about this story.

1. The guy was from Largo. They should have held him off the plane for that reason alone.

2. Southwest wasn't denying him free speech. They were denying him free peanuts.

3. That a guy from Largo would be wearing this type of shirt is not really that big of a surprise. Largo High School's football team is known, I believe, as the Fighting Master Baiters.

4. Buying a self-pleasure souvenir in the Virgin Islands is so meta, I can't even get my mind around it.

5. Without a doubt, Southwest should have asked that he take off the t-shirt. Then they should have made him put on a shirt that read, "FREE LARRY CRAIG."

6. Without a doubt, this has to be the funniest Wikipedia entry illustration ever.

Posted by Jeff at October 5, 2007 08:06 AM | TrackBack
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