In-Flight Dress Code


By now passengers are used to removing shoes, belts and jackets at the airport; but what about your skirt, shirt or dress?

This spring a woman was flying out of Las Vegas on Southwest airlines when she says an airline employee confronted her for showing too much cleavage. In another incident a passenger complained that an American airlines pilot lectured her for a shirt with an expletive on it. She was allowed to board after covering herself with a shawl.

First amendment lawyers say airlines have every right to enforce a dress code. They say the constitution prohibits government from limiting your rights but it does not apply to private companies. In short; if they don’t like your ensemble you might not fly.

Of course customers have a way to fight back. Most people asked to change quickly vented on online blogs. This creates unwanted publicity for airlines which already rank pretty low in customer satisfaction. Still it’s not enough to give you free reign and airlines say some clothes are disruptive. You might have better luck arguing the second amendment; the right to bear arms.