American Airlines Ejects Woman from Flight for Political T-Shirt

Who knew an anti-personhood bill T-shirt would be offensive enough to get someone kicked off an airplane?

First Words With Friends, now T-shirts?? American Airlines flexed its muscle once again this week, this time by ejecting a woman from a flight because she was wearing a shirt that said, "If I wanted the government in my womb, I'd f___ a Senator."

Signs and shirts with this slogan sprung up a few months ago when Oklahoma lawmakers were considering passage of a "personhood bill" -- legislation that would declare a fetus a person will full legal rights in an attempt to outlaw all abortions in all circumstances. If such personhood bills were passed into law, they would also potentially outlaw certain forms of birth control and fertility treatments. Protestors at the time came up with many slogans against the prposed law, but the "If I wanted the government in my womb" shirt became popular when one Oklahoma state senator posed with the sign.

Now, different things are offensive to different people. And while some passengers might have liked the sentiment depending on their political views, apparently American Airlines was worried others wouldn't. So they asked the passenger, being identified only as "O" to change her shirt if she wanted to board her flight. Unfortunately, her baggage had been checked and she didn't have other clothes with her. So, she got the boot, which likely made the day of someone who was flying on stand-by.

American's conditions of carriage are pretty broad, and their site states that "American may refuse to transport you, or may remove you from your flight at any point, for one or several reasons." Those reasons include if you "are clothed in a manner that would cause discomfort or offense to other passengers."

This isn't the first time this has happened and it won't be the last. Maybe the First Amendment doesn't apply 35,000 feet up?

You can read more from iVillage iVote Editor and Correspondent Joanne Bamberger at her blog, PunditMom. Joanne is also the author of the Amazon bestseller Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook!

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