On the Road, What Not to Wear
When a passenger on Southwest Airlines was asked to deplane for wearing clothes a flight attendant deemed inappropriate, it got me thinking. Well actually, first it got me curious. What could this woman have been wearing that prompted her to be asked to leave a flight? I’ve seen some serious fashion faux pas in my travels – from people who refuse to travel in anything other than their pajamas (this includes my own brother by the way) to passengers wearing clothing that seems better suited to a poorly lit street corner than an airplane in broad daylight.
Kyla Ebbert was wearing a miniskirt, high heels, a tank top, and a sweater (See her in the same outfit she wore on the flight and hear her account of the story on MSNBC.com). Not my attire of choice for a flight (or any other time for that matter), but hardly offensive in an age where bellies and behinds are hanging out all over the place.
So what is appropriate attire for a flight? And does an airline (or in this case, flight attendant) have a right to make that decision? A provocatively dressed woman isn’t offensive to me and would have no impact on my flying experience. But what if another passenger was wearing a t-shirt with a racist or sexist saying on it? That would bother me – a lot. Still, I’m not sure it’s up to the airline to intervene.
The issue of appropriate dress is a good platform to discuss a larger issue: the fact that we live in a society that has become infinitely more causal in both dress and behavior in recent years. The Wall Street Journal ran a piece in late July about the difficulty hotels are experiencing getting guests to take off their bathrobes and put on regular clothes – even in the dining room and bar. What baffles me is that there are a significant number of people who think it is acceptable to appear in a public place in nothing but what amounts to a large towel.
Is it OK to wear your pajamas on a plane? Is it ok to go to the hotel bar in your bathrobe? You know what I think (sorry bro – I say no way) but what about you? Oh – and what do you think of Kyla’s outfit?
My name: Genevieve Shaw Brown. I also answer to Genny and Gen.
How I earn my keep: I work at Travelocity.
Greatest travel lesson learned: I travel for my job, but I've learned work is work, vacation is vacation, and it's best not to try and do both on one trip.
Fondest travel memory: There are so many... but a recent experience was being totally jet-lagged and waking up pre-dawn in Koh Samui, Thailand, and watching the sun rise with my husband on the beach. We talked about what all our friends and family were doing at that very same moment as the sun set back home in New York.
First thing I do in a new place: Peruse the local restaurants and map out my dining strategy for the duration of my trip. Dining strategy = eating at as many restaurants as humanly possible.
First thing I do when I get home: Put a push pin on the destination I just returned from on the map of the world that hangs on the wall above my couch.
Travel ambition: To cover that map completely in push pins.
My most beloved place in the whole world: Cockle Cove Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts.