Jemima Aladin flew American Airlines out of Miami, and captured a man being brought up to the front lavatory to change his shirt, or else he wouldn’t be able to fly.
Video has been archived. I won’t embed it here, but you can watch if you wish. Language on the shirt is ‘Not Safe For Work From Home’. I’ve redacted a word in this photo:
The whole point of wearing a shirt like that, I suppose, is to be provocative and to start conversations. It doesn’t make an argument, so it’s not likely to persuade. I’d bet the wearer gets a lot of reactions, the thumbs up are exhilarating and the nasty comments probably are a thrill too.
But stuck with a very small-d democratic group, whose only thing in common is that they’re sharing a metal tube for two to three hours, hurtling towards 500 miles per hour 30,000 feet in the air generating that kind of conflict is… inadvisable.
There’s been enough conflict in the skies, especially considering passenger numbers are down right now by about two-thirds. A good portion of those conflicts have been over masks, and sometimes that conflict is even when a passenger is wearing one like last month when American removed a woman wearing an F-12 maskshould make us uncomfortable as American’s own CEO reminded us in May. My suggestion though is to wear the mask, or the shirt, through the airport – but not on the plane.