Furry Convention-Goer Hits The American Airlines Admirals Club In Boston

A passenger headed to ‘Biggest Little Fur Con’ in Reno shared a monologue from the American Airlines Admirals Club in Boston. That’s a ‘furry’ convention, highlighting anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics.

Within furry communities, fandom and furry lifestyle are considered separate things. Going to a convention doesn’t mean you actually want to become more like a furry species. And it doesn’t mean furry themes are inculcated into your daily life and into your you-know-what. But it does mean wearing your costume in the airport.

According to American, there’s a conduct and dress code for their lounges, though I’m not sure where furry costumes fit in.

During your visit to an Admirals Club lounge, American requires that your attire and conduct are consistent with a professional environment.

It seems to me that wearing this inflight would actually violate American Airlines rules to the extent it “can slow access to critical safety procedures, including emergency evacuations and use of oxygen masks.” I’ve asked the airline for an official ruling on this, and will update if they respond.

I highlight this because it raises interesting questions, I think. Airplane attire is nothing like it was when I was a young kid just after deregulation. But are costumes appropriate in the airport and on board? What if it’s May 4th (Star Wars Day)? Should we all just ‘come as we are’? Maybe so.

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  1. Uh, May 4th Gary – May the Fourth Be With You!
    May 5th is Cinco de Mayo and a whole ‘nother reason to party!

    Funny article, thanks!

  2. Look, costumes are far preferable from my days in 3-piece suits to what the carriers have become so pathetically laissez faire about, including:
    Obese folks wearing:
    -short shorts and sleeveless undershirts;
    -open toe shower clogs displaying gigantic toes with uncut nails;
    -filthy hats;
    -seated in the middle to ensure they touch everybody.

    These are the same people you’ll see in Amtrak’ dining cars, despite the clear violation of public health regs.

    A great reason to only fly FC!

  3. in far more significant news to American customers, American has already cancelled 438 mainline flights today alone, 14% of its operation – a far higher amount than Delta did during its supposed “holiday” meltdowns – and yet we get stories about furry costumed visitors to lounges.

  4. Is that Delta’s new marketing tagline, Tim? Fly Delta – because we are slightly less horrible than American Airlines.

  5. I think one of the funnest aspects of travel is when the hotel you are staying turns out to be the venue for something bizarre. I bet the road warriors here can share very strange encounters.

  6. May 5th is not Star Wars day. It is Cinco de Mayo.

    May 4th is Star Wars day. May the Fourth (force) be with you!

  7. Safety first. Static electric charges generated by friction from people wearing fur costumes can attract COVID infected air molecules. For example, a “triboelectric effect” causes an electrostatic charge to build up on the surface of the fur costume created from passenger movement while walking through an American Airlines Admirals Club or an aircraft. The electric field of this charge causes polarization of the molecules near the fur due to electrostatic induction, resulting in a slight attraction of the virus particles contained in water droplets to the charged fur. Electrostatic induction is a modification in the distribution of electric charge on one material under the influence of nearby objects that have an electric charge.

    An electrostatic charge can help reduce infectious virus particles from sticking to other passengers as charged particles are more attracted to the person wearing the furry costume. Accordingly, to help keep the interior of all American Airlines flights cleaner, we should encourage more passengers while flying to emulate a furry animal. Furry passengers will have the cleaning function of one big human Swiffer® brand dust mop.

  8. I approve of Furrys way more than obese rednecks in tank tops (male & female) heading thru MIA to a cruise

  9. @gringo
    no thanks but AA mgmt might be using the fuzzy bear’s sleeve to wipe away their tears.
    AA has now close to cancelling more flights in the first 3 days of June than DL did in May…..

  10. @huey Judy nut cases Do not thing they are limited to airports and airlines, they come out of the closets on travel blogs also. The Karen s of the world also are here complaining about everything. These are also the ones who contribute nothing to society; they never make any charitable donations, they never volunteer for a charity, they never hold the door, never give up a seat, never let another car merge in . These are the Karen’s of the world who provide negative rather then positive

  11. Can they eat through the costume? If not, they will miss out on the snack tower of sadness.

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