Reid passes along the story of a cancer patient denied boarding on Delta because of his shirt.
His blog is extremely long, containing a tremendous amount of irrelevant details and complaints not central to the issue (like that when he was rebooked he initially didn’t have a seat and Delta had to take volunteers in order to get him one, but explained much less succinctly than that and as though it were an additional grievance).
But the story is still an interesting an important one. Admittedly it’s his side of the story only, but apparently he:
- Was returning from a funeral, was at his connecting gate, and subjected to additional screening and questioning because of his shirt which he explains was poking fun at security theatre and overreaction to the threat of terrorism.
- Received at least two rounds of additional screening, including questioning, having his shirt photographed, and an on the spot background check
- Was told he would have to change shirts in order to fly
- Was then denied boarding anyway, at the pilot’s discretion
- Received additional questioning after that, and claims an officer described the justification for this as being because he “looks foreign.” He claims the questioning including justifying why his was, who was traveling with him, did not take his last name when they married.
He was rebooked to fly home the next morning, without any compensation or hotel voucher. He returned to the airport wearing a ppopstrong t-shirt.
I’m prepared to believe he acted inadvisably, and we have only his side of the story. And already we know from Southwest Airlines that it’s possible to be dressed too sexy to fly. But I do feel for the ordeal that this man, a cancer patient returning from a funeral, was forced to undergo.