Apparently a passenger was kicked off an Allegiant Airlines flight for wearing a “Let’s Go Brandon!” mask. he was told to remove the mask and replace it. He refused.
Let’s make this quick:
Was the airline fair and reasonable to insist that he remove the mask?
My take: Allegiant, and I’m sure it is not alone in this, hasn’t kept its dress code up to date. Allegiant’s dress code, according to its website, “is relaxed and casual,” but fliers are expected to “present a clean, well-groomed and tasteful appearance.” Whatever that means. With language like that, almost anything out of the norm could be judged to be a violation.
Regarding messages on attire, all that is mentioned is T-shirts: “T-shirts that…bear any offensive/ inappropriate messaging or pictures” are not allowed. That means, since language matters, that caps, carry-ons and masks with “offensive/ inappropriate messaging or pictures” aren’t covered by the rules, but certainly that’s a legalistic verdict that wouldn’t carry much weight in dispute. The spirit of the rule is clear.
Assuming that the ban on “offensive/ inappropriate messaging or pictures” applies to masks, then, was the airline reasonable to eject the Brandon fan?
I conclude that it was. Not only is the real message of the mask offensive, it is intended to be offensive to certain individuals. Airplanes are no appropriate spaces for political or partisan grandstanding. Does that mean MAGA caps are properly forbidden? Yes. Black Lives Matter proclamations? Oh yes.
Flags and patriotic imagery? Nope. The line is drawn there.