Over the weekend I caught the story about Billie Joe Armstrong being kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight for wearing baggy pants. I also caught the results and I realized that it was similar to me watching a commerical for Hydroxycut or some infomercial on weight loss. Results may vary. I know that if I was capable of finding pants which were actually baggy and I wore them and was kicked off a flight for wearing them, there is no way I would get an apology and a press release and still make it on the next flight. It just would not happen. I might get an apology after a write some nameless faceless person a million times and make countless phone calls and then get a coupon for a free drink. Oh, sure I think eventually they would put me on another flight, but the chances are greater than 50/50 they would only do so if I got a belt.
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
In case you were busy and did not see it, Billie Joe Armstrong got on a plane and one of the flight attendants said to him that his pants were too baggy and asked him to leave. Billy Joe said something to the effect of don't you have something else to worry about.
As Billy Joe was getting kicked off he Tweeted and there was also a Bay Area television reporter on the plane who also Tweeted. Billie Joe has 171,000 followers. All who now know that he hates Southwest Airlines. Within minutes Southwest is Tweeting him back and apologizing and promising to get to the bottom of it and get him on the next flight and basically kiss his butt in hopes those 171,000 people will actually fly on the airline. For us? Forget it. I think it is a stupid policy that got him kicked off the plane BUT, what made me want to write is when you realize even in something like this, just how different people are treated depending on if they are famous or not and not treated equally and it is frustrating.