This is too dumb to poll on, so I won’t, but still…
Swati Runi Goyal, 49, was told that she would be kicked off the American Key West flight to Las Vegas unless she removed a black shirt with the text “HAIL SATAN” along with“Est. 666” and an upside-down cross.
Goyal was seated with her husband when an American Airlines crew member told her to remove her shirt or get off the plane. The flight was delayed until she changed into an extra shirt that her husband was wearing. “The gentleman asked me if I understood what ‘offensive’ meant, Goyal told the news media. She says she is an atheist and a member of the Satanic Temple, which she supports because one of its tenets is “kindness to all creatures.”
- Complaining because of another passenger’s non-obscene, non-profane shirt? Unethical, as in violating the Golden Rule, which even Satan worshipers can support. What a gratuitous, meddling, unfair thing to do.
Why, it’s almost like complaining to Facebook about an ethics blog!
- American airlines personnel not telling the officious inter-meddler that he or she can simply not look at the shirt? Incompetent and cowardly.
By the way, what does “offensive” mean? If there’s any word that America in 2019 does not agree on, that’s it. If an airline in going to have a dress code it will enforce by disrupting violators’ travel, it is obligated to have a clear and unambiguous one so ticket purchasers know what not to wear.
- And now, regarding the atheist Satan worshiper, or what ever she is. Show some respect for the world around you and a modicum of taste and consideration while flying. People are stuck in small space with you; you shouldn’t talk too loudly, smell, or expose too much skin (especially unattractive skin) or ram political or social opinions down your flying companions’ metaphorical throats. Just because you can wear a deliberately provocative T-shirt doesn’t mean you should, and incidentally, you’re almost 50: grow up.
There were no ethics heroes in this idiotic episode, only dunces.