Southwest Airlines has the right and responsibility to define and demand appropriate appropriate attire for its customers. The constitutional right to Free Speech is not at stake. Indeed, the concept of free speech is debased when it is equivocated with mere crass behavior. Customers who fly have a right to expect their fellow passengers to be appropriately attired just as patrons of a restaurant can reasonably expect their fellow diners to be compelled to wear shoes and shirts. It is extremely unfortunate that Southwest Airlines feels the need to apologize for a reasonable and entirely defensible policy. Southwest Airlines, stand fast I say!
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