No matter where you stand on this issue, the following story will seem irresponsible and needless in America. But also we have gotten to the point where the ridiculous and sublime are normal in today’s society. Especially at the airport.
We have all heard the stories lately about how women and children have been met by airline security personnel with terrible judgment. Yet nothing has happened. However now this kind of treatment has reached a new low.
New Mexico Safety Deshon Marman was at the San Francisco International airport Wednesday getting ready to board his flight back to Albuquerque. Marman was returning to school after attending the funeral of a childhood friend who was brutally murdered just days before. One can only wonder what emotional state Marman was in at the time.
An airline employee spotted Marman before he boarded and complained that his pants were below his buttocks but above the knees, and that much of his boxer shorts were exposed.
The employee asked Marman to pull up his pants before he boarded the plane. Marman refused the request and took his seat on the plane. This is where it turns comical.
Not only was Marman on the plane and sitting in his purchased seat, but he wasn’t bothering a soul except the airline employee. At that point he was asked to leave the plane. According to reports, it took 15 to 20 minutes of talking to get him to leave the plane. Then Marman was arrested for trespassing. Marman allegedly resisted officers as he was being led away.
Trespassing? Webster’s gives the definition of trespass as being the “wrongful entry on real property.” What unlawful entry? He had a ticket and properly boarded.
It also defines the word as “a violation of moral and social ethics.” The only person he apparently violated was the airline employee who reported him.
Sgt. Michael Rodriguez told a local TV station that Marman, 20, was not threatening anybody directly,” but the airline’s dress code forbids “indecent exposure or inappropriate” attire, and “being disruptive” in any fashion once on the plane may interfere with the crew. He was charged with trespassing, battery and resisting arrest, and was being held on $11,000 bail ahead of a scheduled arraignment.
As a society have we reached bottom? Are we really that upset over this kind of problem? Growing up there were rebellions on the length of hair, fancy shirts, wearing hats. The pants problem is a fad. And if you make too much of a deal over it, the problem perpetuates.
Most hate the way today’s baggy pants are worn. But is this a reason to boot a young man off a plane when he is not causing trouble? Nobody else complained, nobody else seemed scared of this New Mexico player. Other than his pants, no reason was given for asking him to leave.
A question must be asked, are young women wearing shorts with a bikini top asked to leave the plane? Probably not. And they shouldn’t be.
What you wear is not a reason to be asked to leave a plane. Soon Marman’s pants will be pulled up. But we will still have Airport security officials in place with power issues.