Thrown off plane for too-skimpy outfit – TODAY: People –

I saw this live on the Today show this morning. I didn’t think there was a damn thing wrong with the way she was dressed. Just my luck I always end up with the 390 pound hairy woman sitting next to me.


Here are the pictures of her EXACT same outfit. Heck, hasn’t anyone from Southwest Airlines ever been to the beach? Or watched Beach Volleyball on ESPN?

I should note though that the video on MSNBC right now has been edited from the “live” shot – in the live shot they blurred Ms. Ebbert’s crotch area when she sat down. Can’t have American TV viewers glimpsing a bit of panty now, can we?

Now I am assuming she was wearing panties on National Television. I also assume she was wearing panties on an airline flight. That being said, I believe NBC was just preventing a panty shot – I don’t think they were covering up her naked “parts” by blurring them.

But I do want to make it very, very clear right here and now – I would welcome Ms. Ebbert to sit next to me on any airplane at any time, in either this outfit, or any other outfit she chose to wear (or not wear). I swear I would not complain to Southwest Airlines (or anyone else, for that matter).

Just bring us a blanket big enough for two, and a couple cold beers, thank you very much.

In response to a TODAY Show query, the airline sent the following statement: “Southwest Airlines was responding to a concern about Ms. Ebbert’s revealing attire on the flight that day. As a compromise, we asked her to adjust her clothing to be less revealing, she complied, and she traveled as scheduled. When a concern is brought to our Employees’ attention, we address that situation directly with the Customer(s) involved in a discreet and professional manner. Fortunately, as an airline that carries approximately 96 million Customers a year, these situations are extremely rare.” The Ebberts have engaged an attorney, Martin Reed, to help them decide what to do next.

Thrown off plane for too-skimpy outfit – TODAY: People –


  1. Well, first let me say, I am far more interested in important things like WORLD PEACE and solving HUNGER, so this is NOT important in comparison. Why did it irritate me so? I see women dressed like this every day too, like Blake. I work with them in a “professional” office setting. So maybe the women I happen to have worked with are just like this passenger which has altered my perspective? I do agree that the Southwest employee (as far as we know) had no authority to do what he did (although we really DONT know if the airlines actually have standards for dress from a strictly safety standpoint, you know, shoes that stay on your feet, etc). What irritated me is not just that this woman was dressed unwisely (seriously, showing your goods panties or no to random strangers on a plane or national TV? ewww) but that she has the nerve to go on National TV basically to complain with her lawyer present which can only mean what? She is pressuring Southwest Airlines to do SOMETHING which usually translates to WHAT? “Give me money.” I guess that is what irritated me most. Of course she said right in her national interview that ALL SHE WANTS is an apology. Well, I hope Southwest airlines DOES give her one, right there on NBC. And not a red cent.

    Oh, and I am glad you asked if the Creator wants us to cover up? Notice one incident written about in the Bible and you decide for yourself: Genesis relates the account of Adam & Eve and how they rebelled against God. In Gen 3:7, after they have rebelled it says “Then the eyes of both of them became opened and they began to realize that they were naked. Hence they sewed fig leaves together and made loin coverings for themselves”. Just a few verses later, after God has talked to Adam & Eve and announces his judgement, in verse 21 he “proceeded to make long garments of skin for Adam and his wife and to clothe them.” It is interesting to note the differences in how each perceived what was appropriate.

    Wisely, we should each let person live as they desire but certainly forcing the issue in public is bound to elicit different responses since we all have different experiences in life.

  2. As my wife Kate said about the story….”if I had a body like that, I’d wear clothes like that too”.

    I have a 17 year old daughter that wears what she wants to wear. She has enough brains to not go overboard with the “trashy” so I have never had to ask her to change clothes before she heads out the door.

    Have to agree with Rob on this one. I personally saw nothing that offended me. She could sit beside me on any flight, except Southwest, I guess. (checks to see if Kate is looking over my shoulder)

  3. @Deannie – my daughter is 16, not 18. HUGE difference. When she is 18 she will make those decision. If she wanted to work at Hooters at 18, that would be her decision. The most important thing I have learned to do as a parent is to NOT make a big deal over little shit. I save the big deal for big shit. Works better for me, and for my kids.

    I don’t understand your reaction to this? WHO do you believe created this human body? And if you honestly believe that do you think that “creator” wanted us to all cover his work?

    And I see children at Hooters AND the beach all of the time. What are you trying to protect them from? Flesh? That’s WAY to Puritanical for me.

    Personally I have no issues with the human body – a well taken care of one can be very pleasing to look at – on the beach, or an airplane. That doesn’t make me a deviant, or a freak – it makes me human.

    And you are COMMENDING the idiot flight attendant who cconsiders himself the fashion police? With ZERO written guidelines from his employer? THAT is shameful.

    I’m glad I don’t live in a society where women must cover their faces or face brutal punishment. I don’t want to live in a society where they need to wear a blanket to fly on an airplane either.

    What EXACTLY part of her body was she showing that you are so mortified about? The brief glimpse of panties that was seen by the crew (but NOT by the TV audience?). Did the panties get your panties into an uproar? They are just freaking panties!?!?! It’s not any different than wearing a bikini, is it? I’ve seen MUCH scarier sites at my local grocery store when a size 18 women slips into a size 7 pair of slacks to buy bread and eggs.

  4. @Andy: Are you a father? Would you want other men looking at your daughter & commenting about her in this manner? And that is how you know it was inappropriate (or not, I guess, depending on your views).

  5. Pathetic if you ask me. But, man shes pretty attractive and really if theres a woman that is that attractive she should be allowed to wear things like that. Its nice to look at no matter who you are.

  6. I was furious with this situation: She is a bimbo for thinking that the way she dresses at Hooter’s or the beach somehow is appropriate in public places where children are. But the real culprit? Her MOTHER sitting there defending her silly daughter with the defense, “Well EVERYONE ELSE is doing it”. This young woman forever stands as an example of just the way I encourage my daughter NOT to dress and while that flight attendant may not be getting a lot of support right now, I think he is a great guy. A man advising a woman of how she is presenting herself and suggesting it isn’t appropriate? Brave and respectable. Of course, it would have been better had he simply proffered the blanket and asked her to cover up. Hooter girl will no doubt get money out of Southwest Airlines (WHICH MAKES ME MAD).

    So Southwest Airlines? WERE YOU LISTENING? All she wants is an apology. Give her one but not a red cent. And to all the brave flight attendants who see to passengers safety at all levels, here is one passenger who appreciates it.


    So Rob, tell us, what kind of teeny tiny clothes did you buy for YOUR daughter for the start of school? šŸ˜‰

  7. @Blake – you see people dressed like this every day? Where the hell do you live? (to everyone else, it looks like I am moving again)


  8. I saw the panty shot also. I’m with you on this one. Has the guy from Southwest that initially said something never been to a college campus in the past 20 years? I see people dressed like this every day. Her outfit seems entirely appropriate for a flight.

  9. @Ike – LMAO – that comment could be taken SO many ways! And yes, I’ve often blamed bush for problems in my life! šŸ˜Ž

  10. I blame Bush.

    (Oh, sorry… I thought this was a political blog…)