Remember the wailing and nashing of teeth that accompanied Southwest’s decision to tell a scantily-clad young woman to change clothes or get off the plane? Well, have no fear, feminists: Southwest asked a man to change his t-shirt, turn it inside out, or get off the plane. His shirt was from a fictional fishing store and said, “Master Baiter.”
Aside from having bad taste, the man in question has little knowledge of the law. He claimed that Southwest was infringing on his freedom of speech. Well, sir, the right to free speech is the right to not have the government intrude upon your speech. Private companies can do pretty much whatever they want. Although common carriers are sometimes held to the same rules as the government, Southwest is surely not infringing “free speech” rights by asking half-naked women to cover up and lewd men to hide their sketchiness.