Delta Air Lines kicked off a passenger that was wearing an “F- Biden” hoodie. He eventually took off the hoodie, but was removed prior to departure anyway over mask compliance issues. The man might have tried the less offensive “Let’s Go Brandon” instead.
Warning, this video includes images that are ‘NSFW’:
A man was kicked off a @Delta flight for wearing an F Biden sweater, even though he took it off. They claim it’s “delta policy” and threaten him with the no fly list.
I spoke to Delta and it turns out they don’t have a clothing policy and even told me I can wear an F Trump shirt pic.twitter.com/A8mruMxNpF
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) March 10, 2022
He says “last time I checked I live in the United States of America with the first amendment, freedom of press, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion do I not?” (Or is it the Magnited States Of America?)
Indeed, the first amendment protects this sort of language as protest attire against government sanction (Cf. Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15) but doesn’t preclude private businesses from adopting rules regarding attire.
Delta for its part says in response that they have no clothing policy “you can wear what you want” but that’s not actually accurate, either. Non-revs, at least, cannot travel in underwear or swimwear alone.
We don't have an item-specific clothing policy, but we encourage no swimwear, sleepwear or underwear as your outerwear. 😃 *MC
— Delta (@Delta) March 27, 2017
The passenger takes off his offensive hoodie while complaining about having to wear a mask. He’s then kicked off the flight for not wearing his mask and in response he says he’ll put the mask back on if the flight atteendant asks him nicely. He also argues that wearing a mask “the last time the whole flight” but not on this one should be sufficient.
In cancelling and refunding his ticket, a Delta agent cited both the attire and mask issues as justification. At least “Let’s Go Brandon” tried to be a little more subtle.
Airlines often have broadly-worded dress codes that passengers may run afoul of whenever a gate agent or flight attendant finds that attire inappropriate. They’re never enforced uniformly, which is hard. But political opinions involving f-bombs are generally not a good idea inside of metal tubes where other people are trapped with you for hours. There’s significant risk it will not end well.