Remember last week when a young, Black college kid was kicked off of a US Airways flight because his sagging pants violated the airline’s rules? Well, apparently those rules allow older, White males to fly dressed in women’s underwear. No, really. This happened. And only six days prior to the Deshon Marman incident.
NPR reports that a reader of the San Francisco Chronicle sent them a picture of the older man, who was allowed to travel from Florida to Arizona wearing a cami bra and panty set, thigh highs and a little blouse, leaving nothing to the imagination. Police in the Marman arrest stated that he was dressed in pants that revealed his boxer shorts. The woman who sent the picture claims that passengers did complain about the man’s attire.
The Chronicle followed up with Marman’s attorney, Joe O’Sullivan, who is defending his client against what seems to be an even more obvious case of racial discrimiation now. ‘It just shows the hypocrisy involved,” O’Sullivan said. ‘They let a drag queen board a flight and welcomed him with open arms. Employees didn’t ask him to cover up. He didn’t have to talk to the pilot. They didn’t try to remove him from the plane – and many people would find his attire repugnant…A white man is allowed to fly in underwear without question, but my client was asked to pull up his pajama pants because they hung below his waist.”
A spokesperson for US Airways stated that there is no dress code policy, but that exposed privates are not allowed. The airline claims that an unnamed body part was exposed by Marman, but his lawyer says surveillance video will prove otherwise. Meanwhile, the White gentleman’s private parts seem to be very exposed in that picture, but they claim allowing him to fly was within their rules.