Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Too Hot to Fly? No, Just Too Obnoxious

Sure, these young ladies may be considered attractive, and now they've got their 15 minutes of fame.

Still, they need to come down to earth and lose the attitude.

It all started on Valentine's Day when two Florida teenagers were escorted off a Tampa-Los Angeles flight and met by authorities. That's about all that the teens and the airline can agree on.

The two 18-year-old girls, Nisreen Swedberg and Sarah Williams, have suggested they were too pretty and that the Southwest flight attendants didn't like them. They said they had been banned for life from Southwest flights.

"I think they were just discriminating against us because we were young, decent-looking girls. I mean, nobody else really on the plane looked like us except us," Ms. Williams told a Tampa TV station.

Mindful of the Kyla Ebbert debacle of last summer, Southwest struck back Tuesday with a written statement and a video statement denying that the two young ladies were targeted for anything but bad behavior.

Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King says in the YouTube video that the airline couldn't ban someone for life "even if we wanted to." The claim that the airline kicked them off for being too pretty is "simply not true," Ms. King said.

"We would be out of business if we banned pretty people from flying Southwest Airlines," Ms. King said.

The two girls "were using vulgar language, aggressive behavior and threatening gestures at 30,000 feet," she alleged.

Pretty is fine. "Just leave your bad behavior at home," Ms. King concluded.

Read the rest.

Here's the video.

Update: Hot Air has Too hot to fly III: Southwest strikes back

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