Ethics Observations On Kayla Eubanks, The Southwest Airlines Flying Slob

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Chicago’s Kayla Eubanks is indignant because Southwest Airlines staff refused to allow her to board her flight, saying her attire was not fit for travel. low-cut top was “lewd, obscene, and offensive.”  Eventually a pilot gave her a cover-up T-shirt so she could get on the plane. Once in the air, she took it off.

Eubanks complained via Twitter, writing, “Y’all I was KICKED OFF my @SouthwestAir flight because my boobs are ‘lewd, obscene, and offensive.’ I was told that passengers may look at me in my attire and be offended.” In her following tweets, Kayla wrote,

“I really wanna know why @SouthwestAir is policing my clothes like this. How will my shirt impact my flight, for myself, the other passengers, or even the pilot?…Y’all have a dress code for CUSTOMERS who pay to get on a plane?…It’s the constant policing of women’s bodies for me.”

Posting a  video of one of Southwest’s female gate employees fumbling to answer Eubanks’ questions about a dress code, Kayla added. “[she] practically did cartwheels to ensure that I wouldn’t get on this plane y’all. I was held at the gate for 30 minutes because of my shirt.”  On the video, Kayla can be heard telling the sympathetic pilot who eventually loaned her the shirt, “I have to leave my tits at home? Obviously not.”

Stay classy, Kayla.

Following the flap, in which the mainstream media sympathizes with Eubanks, a spokesperson for Southwest Airlines told the New York Post that the company reached out to Eubanks directly to issue an apology, and refunded Eubanks’ fare

“Regarding our policies, each situation is very different, and our employees are responsible for following our Contract of Carriage, available on our website,” the spokesperson explained. “According to the material posted online, the company ‘may, in its sole discretion, refuse to transport, or may remove from an aircraft at any point,’ a passenger who engages ‘in lewd, obscene, or patently offensive behavior, including wearing clothes that are lewd, obscene, or patently offensive.”

Observations:

1. First and foremost, Kayla Eubanks is a slob. In fact, she is the worst kind of slob, a self-righteous one. She is proud of her right to show now respect for the public whatsoever, and to ignore basic civil standards of decorum.

2. Her attire would be inappropriate in any workplace but a strip joint, a public library, a bus, a grocery store, a restaurant, a movie theater or a city street. It would be in poor taste at a community swimming pool. Of course it is inappropriate on an airplane. That she appears to believe otherwise is an indictment of her upbringing and our rotting culture.

3. However, she is technically correct that in the absence of a clear and well-publicized dress code that cannot be misunderstood prohibiting such rude clothing, Southwestern has no business harassing her.

4. Would the woman’s boobage have been regarded as lewd and obscene and patently offensive once in the misty past? Indeed. That time, however, is past. Now, we have to depend on such ethical values as respect for others, civility and life competence, and people like Kayla—narcissist slobs and proud of it—cannot be trusted to cooperate.

5. Airplanes should issue unambiguous dress codes in the interest of their passengers’ comfort, but dress codes of all kinds in any setting have been falling by the wayside. I wear a jacket when I fly (if I recall correctly, since I haven’t been near a plane since March). I also wear long pants, and footwear that does not show my toes. That’s how I was raised to believe you show respect for strangers, a practice that contributes to a civilized society.

6. Naturally, feminists have done their part to champion the right to be vulgar.

7. In the end, air travel companies have decided that they would rather pander to the slobs among us than help enforce basic civility. They allow the Kaylas among us to lower standards of public comportment ever closer to the gutter.

8. This, I believe, is “tolerance.” Kayla Eubanks neatly demonstrates that at its margins, tolerance is not a guaranteed virtue.

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Source: New York Post

24 thoughts on “Ethics Observations On Kayla Eubanks, The Southwest Airlines Flying Slob

  1. I bet she’d want me prosecuted if I turned up wearing a mini kilt and the traditional Scottish undergarment!

    Fortunately I’m of sassenach extraction.

  2. The human form should never in itself be ‘offensive’ to people of sound minds. Anyone seriously ‘offended’ by semi exposed breasts needs psychiatric help. As do those offended by women wearing or not wearing the burqa.

    Whether or not this attire is ‘appropriate’ is quite another matter, and is a matter of opinion.

    I can’t imagine complaining Jack if seated next to you travelling sockless, providing your bare feet didn’t smell.

  3. And I bet when she spoke to people she complained ” my eyes are up here”. This is the kind of person who is looking for a fight. Wear garish provocative attire to attract attention and then get bent out of shape when people stare.

    I would not wish to be seated next to anyone who lets it all hang out.

  4. People without standards don’t belong in a civilization at all, much less an airplane. Common standards are the fabric of a society, and the rejection of those standards is the rejection of society per se.

    I argue that expecting the airline to post an unambiguous dress code is an acceptance of societal collapse. To prosecute the floozy for public indecency would be to fight it. Entertaining these nakedly (heh) contrarian ideas is to put error and truth on equal footing, and that, of course, is the goal of all these nihilist stunts to begin with. Our regime of liberal tolerance has no resistance to this sort of ideological warfare. We’re doomed if we don’t abandon it in favor of something more robust.

  5. There are real life people who wear tube tops, crop tops, and sports bras as “shirts” in their every day errands. I am not one of them. I do think this woman’s outfit is in poor taste, but I also think the airline was wrong in its behavior. I would not care if this woman sat next to me on a plane, but her outfit is deserving of a chuckle.

    I actually run into dress code issues with our new public school. My youngest daughter (4th grade) tends to overheat easily and this is the South, so this happens a lot. Her favorite thing to wear is tennis dresses with built-in shorts — we have 8 of them I think. Because my daughter is on the small side, the dresses come to her knees, so that isn’t a problem. But, she isn’t allowed to wear them to school because the school has a policy requiring sleeves. This is baffling to me. My 60 pound child could not dress provocatively if she wanted to, and I obviously make sure she is always dressed appropriately. So why can’t my pre-pubescent child be comfortable in school wearing a sleeveless dress on 100 degree days?

        • It’d be interesting to find out, but it kinda smells like the Pot Roast Principle:

          One day after school a young girl noticed that her mom was cutting off the ends of a pot roast before putting it in the oven to cook for dinner. She had seen her mom do this many times before but had never asked her why. This time she asked and her mom replied, “I don’t know why I cut the ends off, but it’s what my mom always did. Why don’t you ask your Grandma?”

          So the young girl called her grandmother and said, “Grandma why do you cut the ends off the pot roast before cooking it?” Her grandmother replied, “I don’t know. That’s just the way my mom always cooked it. Why don’t you ask her?”

          The girl called her great grandmother, who was living in a nursing home and asked her the same question. “Why did you cut the ends off the pot roast before cooking it?”

          Her great grandmother said: “When I was first married we had a very small oven, and the pot roast didn’t fit in the oven unless I cut the ends off.”

          • The school dress code applies to both genders and says (in part) that clothing cannot, “expose private parts or show an excessive amount of bare skin.” So, I guess sleeveless dresses/shirts show too much bare skin because we were told last year by the school that shirts had to have sleeves. Note that while I am annoyed about this, this is not the hill I am going to die on. I send my kid to school dressed in cotton t-shirts and shorts instead, but this did get a major eye roll from me. My kids had been in private school up until now and there was no dress code so we are still getting used to this.

            • I guess I can understand that the school wants to avoid students showing up with strapless tops or swimwear on, but sleeveless tennis dresses don’t seem objectionable to me. How much bare skin is exposed by shorts and short-sleeved shirts after all?

              • If you want to see a movie with amusing high school attire, watch “Clueless”. It’s actually pretty funny. The funniest line is when Cher muses about the futility of finding a decent boyfriend in high school: “Searching for a boy in high school is as useless as searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie.”

                jvb

          • I always heard “Danhlink, that is the only way it would fit in the pan!” And yup, that outfit is in big time bad taste.

    • Dress codes are only practical as guidelines; those who set them almost always over-reach, and they are so easy to defeat. My Freshman dining hall still required a tie and jacket, so the “radicals” showed up without shirts or pants. By the second semester, the college had surrendered.

      In high school, the most attractive of the women in the advanced academic class was harassed by teachers for showing off her legs. They kept sending her home, then her parents pointed out that the, uh, heavier girls faced no such objections. So there was a new edict requiring skirts to be no more than X inches above the knee. Somehow, the only one whose skirt they measured–with a ruler!— was Liz’s.

      • “Dress codes are only practical as guidelines”

        There was an unspoken one at my elementary school, one I chose to defy by I executing my first act of civil disobedience: wearing cutoffs [HUGE taboo!] to 6th Grade Graduation.

        My ‘best friend’ and I decided to rock the Glenn Stephens Elementary world by wearing cutoffs to the ceremony.

        The day (~06/12/1967) arrived, in I strode, and there I sat…waiting…for what seemed like hours, no similarly clad pal in sight, squirming in the openly withering attention of classmates appalled by the brass of my inappropriate attire

        When he eventually skulked in, sans cutoffs, my modest edginess ramped up to the sheer horror of twisting in the wind as the only one in violation.

        He: “My mom caught me going out the door and told me I couldn’t wear short pants to graduation.”

        Vitals off the charts, I was able to summon little sympathy for his gutlessness.

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