Last week’s article on the two young ladies escorted off a Southwest Airlines plane after causing a ruckus caused quite a stir. Seems that many people feel that the girls got what they deserved and were misbehaving on the plane– while others have jumped to their defense.
Unfortunately, most of the details on the issue are still speculation, so we can’t really make any definitive statements on who was actually at fault. But Paula Berg from Southwest did decide to chime in on the unfolding events.
” It is important to clarify a few points:
1. The two ladies are not “banned” from ever traveling on Southwest in the future.
2. Our Crews’ decision had nothing to do with the ladies’ appearance, but rather their behavior and interaction with another Customer onboard.
3. Our Employees have an obligation to maintain a safe environment onboard.
Clearly, we would have gone out of business a long time ago if we discriminated against beautiful women – or anyone for that matter. We carry 96 million Customers a year, and they’re all beautiful in our eyes! “
Perhaps, as the original Gadling article speculated, things have just been blown out of proportion.
I believe that we have just crossed the line from irritating to incredulous in the Southwest Airlines fashion police scandal.
As I’m sure everyone is now aware, last year, Kyla Ebberts raised a huge ruckus with Southwest when they asked her to change out of the skimpy clothing that she was wearing on a flight. She was perfectly warranted in her argument, mind you; as numerous images prove, she wasn’t wearing anything more than a tight shirt and a really short skirt.
Now it seems like it’s getting out of hand. In the most recent chapter of Skirtgate, two teens flying between Tampa and Los Angeles are crying foul because they were escorted off the plane by security officers (at the destination). Apparently they were causing a disruption on the plane because they couldn’t get water when they wanted it and were knocking on the lavatory door while someone was inside.
Their side of the story is that the flight attendants were rude and discriminatory to them, saying,
“I think they were just discriminating against because we were young decent-looking girls. I mean, nobody else on the plane looked like us except us. [The flight attendants] were like older ladies. We were younger. Who knows, they could have been just jealous of us because we were younger.”
Or maybe you were just being spoiled brats.
Details at Tampa Bay’s 10 are still fuzzy, but I have a feeling I know how this is going to turn out.
***Update! Paula Berg from Southwest comments on the debacle! Read her comments here.***
***Another Update! Southwest’s official video reply can be seen here.***