A man's baggy pants got him kicked off the airplane on a Spirit flight from Chicago, Illinois to Orlando, Florida. His "inappropriate" choice of clothing in combination with his refusal to rectify the situation resulted in his removal from the plane.
The man whose baggy pants affected the Spirit airplane flight was apparently flying with an unidentified woman when he was approached by staff. The budget airline was concerned that although no skin was showing, his boxers would offend other passengers onboard.
"It was to the point where his entire bottom was hanging out. And that's not appropriate," Spirit Airlines spokeswoman Misty Pinson told CBS Chicago. "We have a lot of customers on the plan, a lot of children on the plane."
Flight attendants approached the man about his "excessively low" pants, hoping to avoid a confrontation.
"Our flight attendant asked him if he would kindly pull (his pants) up so that they were at a more appropriate level," Pinson explained.
However, flight attendants' concerns about his attire went unheeded by the man, who- instead of simply complying- got "aggressive" and threatened staff.
"He became aggressive with the flight crew," Pinson said. "He threatened to smack the flight attendants."
Rather than try to further intervene, staff called law enforcement, who arrived to escort the man and his female companion off the plane. The pair grabbed their bags and got off the plane.
Despite the interruption the man caused, he was allowed to board a later flight.
The incident happens more often than one might think, with football player Deshon Marman of University of New Mexico. The 20-year-old was preparing to fly on a US Airways flight in June when he, too, was asked to pull up his sagging pants.
Marman was asked before boarding and while on the flight to pull up his pants and refused. However, his resist to staff's orders ended with him being arrested, not escorted from the plane like the unnamed Spirit Airlines passenger.
"At that point he was asked to leave the plane," San Francisco Police Department spokesman Sgt. Michael Rodrigquez told the San Francisco Chronicle. "It took 15 to 20 minutes of talking to get him to leave the plane, and he was arrested for trespassing."
A US Airways representative told the Chronicle that their dress code prohibits "indecent exposure," and it appears other airways have followed suit.