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Woman Booted Off Flight For Anti-Bush Shirt

RENO -- A Washington state woman was bounced from a Southwest Airlines flight in Reno for wearing a T-shirt with the pictures of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney and the F-word.

The shirt was a play on words taken from the movie "Meet the Fockers." It had the title of the movie, with the last word changed to a curse word, according to KRNV-TV in Reno.

Lorrie Heasley said she plans to press a civil-rights complaint against the airline over Tuesday's action at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Heasley said the airline offered to let her continue her flight if she were to change her shirt, which she refused to do.

"I didn't feel that I should have to change my shirt, because we live in the United States, and it's freedom of speech and it was based on the movie 'The Fockers,' and I didn't think it should have offended anyone," Heasley told KRNV.

Southwest officials said other passengers complained about her shirt, and that rules prohibit offensive clothing.

But the American Civil Liberties Union said Heasley's T-shirt is "protected" free speech under the Constitution.



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but I think they were offended by the "F" word (too many kids around)

IF in an adult setting> GREAT T-SHIRT ;-)

Where can I get a shirt like that?

I believe the shirt's online on CafePress.

Here's a link to the product page:

For a really funny response by another t-shirt manufacturer, check out

I am Shirticus!

Let's distinguish between etiquette and the law. Feeling offended does not entitle anyone to deprive another person of his or her rights. Those who disagree with me about this issue should identify the precise circumstances in which the existence of passenger complaints would justify subjecting a person to punishment. Unless that information is revealed, we won't know what we have to do to comply with the rules. Why are the requirements secret?

Frankly, I feel offended by the people who complained about the shirt. If I were on the flight and told the crew how offended the judgmental passengers made me feel, would these annoying censors be ejected from the plane as a result of my stated objection? What if I announced that I feel EXTREMELY offended by their attack on free speech? What if two other passengers indicated they feel the same way? Would the passengers who offended the three of US be bounced at THAT point? Are some feelings more important than others? Are some PEOPLE's feelings more important than others?

Let's all sing together: "Feelings. Nothing more than feelings..."

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