A video is going viral in social media of two passengers boarding a plane, one leading the other one on a leash. It was shared to a flight attendant group on Reddit, and appears to be an example of ‘BDSM’ or bondage, discipline, submission, and sadomasochism (apologies if I don’t have the term of art here precisely correct, it’s a bit outside of my field).
It seems the passengers in the video are consenting adults, with one in control and the other pulled by a leash attached to their neck. And they’re wearing their masks properly! I can make out a Southwest Airlines heart logo on the right side bulkhead at the start of the video.
My own view is that what consenting adults do in private is their business alone. What consenting adults do in venues open to such activities is similarly up to those individuals and businesses. But that airlines should be free to enforce their often ambiguous dress codes in a manner that includes “no passengers on leashes for the duration of the flight.” Although who’d have thought that any airline would need to consider making this an explicit rule?
With the heavy focus on human trafficking including harassing passengers for ‘looking different’ than their traveling companions – such as n African American social service worker traveling with a white baby being accused of kidnapping, armed Port Authority police boarding a flight because a flight attendant saw an Asian American woman follow her Hispanic husband to the lavatory, and a check-in agent demanding to see Facebook posts when a white mother checked in with her mixed-race son – it’s shocking that no one stopped to ask the woman if she was alright, and whether she was under duress let alone reporting the situation to authorities.
(HT: C Boarding Group)