I have flown on SWA many, many times and have seen people dressed in all manner of getups. To my knowledge, SWA has never before been accused of victimizing anybody because of their attire. This leads me to believe, based on past behavior, that SWA probably did not suddenly become fashion police. i think it would behoove supposedly intelligent people to stop and ask for the full story before diving right into mob mentality.
This is what I wrote to CNN about their reporting of this non-news story:
The story about the former Hooters waitress and Southwest Airlines is the worst example of bona fide journalism your network has ever produced. I have a lot of questions about this piece, which gets repeated over and over.
1. When were the pictures of the young lady taken? Before the complaint about her attire, or more likely, after she'd told her story to somebody and had "adjusted" her clothing?
2. Who took those pictures?
3. What is the news value of this "story?"
4. Has it occurred to you that the news agencies are being used in an attempt to extort a great deal of money from SWA?
5. Has it occurred to any of you that her skirt might have been riding up as she walked and that there usually are children in airports?
6. Has it occurred to any of you that before the demur poses of the pictures you show the public, her tank top was actually down to the level of the "sweater" that was over it, which was pretty low?
7. Are you a news agency or a high school clique?
You should be embarrassed to air this piece of nonsense.
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