Followers of Banana Winds might expect, at this point, for the Captain to take a victory lap around the deck after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives failed to pass their “American Healthcare Act” – “the World’s Greatest Health Care Plan of 2017”.
But like the failed Trump administration, we on the Banana Winds are ready to move on.
Because there’s a greater concern in the world today that has the ship in an uproar!
On Sunday, three girls were denied their right to board a United Airlines flight because they were wearing leggings.
Two were describes as “early teens”, the third a “10-year-old”.
Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demanding Action for Gun Sense in America” (MDAFGSIA...?), witnessed this travesty of justice and immediately took her concerns to Twitter.
As these things go, the tweet went viral. Thousands of people around the world became outraged, threatening to never fly United again!
|Anyone remember this classic?|
Even celebrities got involved in the protest… because, celebrities.
The Captain looks forward to my next flight on United with Chrissy Teigen!
Seriously, the Captain has addressed the issue of leggings and yoga pants previously. (here and here)
Since then, leggings/yoga pants have become a regular feature of most women’s closets.
In fact, today at Walmart I saw a 60-something woman wearing yoga pants.
Sadly, there are just some things you can never un-see…
I have a friend who wears yoga pants regularly, and she looks cute in them!
She also keeps her bum covered in a much-appreciated touch of modesty.
And did you know yoga pants are the fastest-growing fetish on internet porn sites?
Or so the Captain has heard…
So why are leggings/yoga pants prohibited at United Airlines?
Well, actually, they are not.
What Ms. Watts did not know – and did not bother to find out – is that the young ladies in question were traveling courtesy of United’s “Buddy Pass”. As relatives of employees, they are allowed to fly for free.
And for those flying for free on United, there is a Dress Code.
Anyone else can wear leggings / yoga pants.
|Okay, maybe not everyone...|
Captain’s Note: Does anyone remember the “good ol’ days” of air flight, when people actually dressed up to travel?
In the late 80’s, when the Captain was but a young preacher, the local Rabbi gave him sage advice: “Always dress up when traveling by air. You will get better service.”
Here’s the deal. If you are using a “Buddy Pass”, you are representing the company. And since the company is paying for your ticket, the company has a say in what you will wear.
It is, perhaps, trying to stop a fashion tragedy like this…
Rather than protesting, we should say “Thank You!”
Frankly, sometimes there are “rules” in life.
Be it known that the Captain would never infringe upon your right to self-expression…
... or your right to being comfortable. Lord knows I have flown enough to appreciate that!
But if you want to ride for free, you have to abide by the rules.
If you can’t, then join all those people who get to wear whatever the hell they want and buy your own damn ticket!
Captain’s Note: For what it’s worth, the last time the First Mate flew to Los Angeles, her ticket cost $750 - coach! How much is your self-expression worth to you?
The problem here is not the airline policies. United is free to make any policy it chooses. If you don’t like it, go somewhere else!
The problem here is Social Media and people who don’t bother to check out the facts before they post their faux outrage online.
Even Ms.Watts is surprised by the uproar her un-informed tweet created: "Even more outrageous than leggings discrimination and lousy corporate policy, is the fact that there was a shooting in Cincinnati and a shooting in Las Vegas this weekend and so many more shootings this week and weekend in which people were killed and injured,… not to mention, a serious issue with missing black women and girls... But here we are talking about leggings."
Perhaps you should have thought about that before you tweeted.