I Love SX But Not SW

I’ve just been the victim of an attempted undressing by Southwest Airlines, ending my Austin SXSW trip with a bang. Metaversatility is located out of San Antonio so I flew from there. Then came the swap out of equipment.
I was rerouted from San Antonio to El Paso to Los Angeles to San Francisco, where the San Antonio/El Paso/LA leg required no transfer and I was to stay on the plane. Not so bad, three connections is a bit absurd but can be expected when dealing with the usually amicable Southwest Airlines.

I was wearing this:

I got on my first flight and was stopped by a woman on the plane who said “I love your shirt, my son needs one of those.” to which I replied “Well that means he probably is.” and winked. She laughed and said, “He is”. She was proud of her son and you could tell. I sat down next to an older gentleman and yet again complimented on the commentary on my shirt. I wore it out to a SXSW party the other night, and not a single comment, just a few looks. Twice in a few minutes on an airplane.
I passed out, exhausted from the parties and SXSW debauchery that South By has become known for. I woke up as the plane landed, to a flight attendant asking me if I was going to transfer at the gate or if I was staying on the plane and continuing to Los Angeles. I informed her I was traveling to Los Angeles, she said great and moved on. They then made an announcement that the current flight crew would no longer be the flight crew for the rest of the trip, they were being swapped out because their shift was over. The plane landed and most of the passengers got off, I groggily moved my seat.
The same attendant approached me. The conversation went as follows.

Attendant: Sir, we need you to take off your shirt. (Not turn it inside out, not change. “Take it off.”. Good thing I don’t have breasts.)
Chadrick, half asleep: Hrm? Take off my shirt? Why?
Attendant: Well, it has the F-word on it, and this is a family airline.
Chadrick: Oh, okay, makes sense. I didn’t realize this wasn’t allowed.
Attendant: Yeah, thing is, this is a family airline, and some people may not want to see the F-word on your shirt. Do you have a jacket or anything you could put on?
Chadrick: Of course. (at which point I’m thinking I should point to the woman at the front of the plane who didn’t get off who wanted the shirt for her son and explain that some of the passengers actually appreciate it, but thought I’d not create a hassle.)

I immediately stood up and opened the overhead compartment near my seat, grabbed my jacket.

Chadrick: So let me ask you a question, is this a Southwest airline policy thing or just something you think is a good idea? Did anyone complain?
AutomatonAttendant/Bot: No one complained, but we’re a family airline sir, someone may be offended because of the F-word on your shirt.
Chadrick: Right, Gotcha on that part. What’s Southwest’s policy on this?
AutomatonAttendant/Bot: We are a family airline sir.

Flustered, I put on the jacket and sat down, she walked away. I raised no problem what-so-ever. I hear in the back of the plane a different womans voice say “What happened?”. I leaned my head against the window and closed my eyes. I start to dose off right away. Then I hear someone clear their throat. I look over and a different flight attendant is there, looking toward the back of the plane, not even clearly addressing me. She says: “K, Seriously.?” in a manner that I couldn’t tell if she was talking to me or someone behind me, or even if she was making a statement or asking someone a question. Not “Sir, did you have a question?” or “Sir, can I help better explain?” . So I assumed since I had put on the jacket that it wasn’t me she was addressing and closed my eyes and went back to sleep.

That flight crew swapped out, another joined and I slept all the way to Los Angeles. As I walked towards the front of the plane after landing, exiting the aircraft, I noticed they had brought a police officer on board the walkway near the front of the plane, standing to my right. Then I noticed the “K, Seriously.” Flight attendant in plain clothes, sitting in the front row on the left. I walked right by, they didn’t look at me, they didn’t address me, anything. I think they missed me, as I was carrying my baggage in front of me so I didn’t have to roll it. I said goodbye and thank you to the secondary crew on the way out like I always do, and smiled. They smiled back, nothing weird was implied or sensed. A lot of overkill for the word “fuck”.

I got off the plane and gotten comfortable by taking off my jacket while waiting. A woman sitting behind me who was on the previous flight and asked where I got my shirt.
I laughed. The irony was absurd. I explained where I got it, she was appreciative.

Thing is, it’s not even mine. It’s Diana Furka’s, she’s a friend and thought it would be a hit at SXSW. It was, just not how I expected. Here Diana, you can have it back, your hair makes you an ‘uckin genius when you wear it, so you’re safer:


Southwest, unless it’s your official stated policy, some of your fight attendants came very close to causing you a lawsuit today but you’re lucky I’m a nice guy. Instead, this is for you:


~ by Chadrick on March 13, 2008.

16 Responses to “I Love SX But Not SW”

  1. oh man, if they thought /your/ shirt was bad I think I’ve something to show them.

  2. That’s just ludicrous. It’s just a word for crying out loud, and you covered it up. It’s not as if you were being unruly or difficult. Or carrying a liquid.

  3. Okay, that’s the best story I’ve read in ages.

  4. Obviously you are a knucklehead who doesn’t have any kids and if you think a shirt like that is okay for a place like an airplane – okay for a frat party/bar etc – then you should probably consider not having any!! You’d be just like the Mother on the plane that would buy one for her child. She probably alos buys him alcohol & pot.

  5. Hi Vicki, thank you for your lovely retort. As a fuckin’ genius, I know how to spell “also”. If you like, I can help you learn so you can teach your kids too. Then they will be geniuses and can wear the shirt! And it’s okay, we don’t have to give them any booze or pot, regardless of your preference of influencing young geniuses.

  6. It’s too bad that family values don’t include ensuring the safety of it’s passangers, just their moral obedience. http://tinyurl.com/2w4jp5

  7. Chadrick, check this out, hehehehe:

    “Family Airline” indeed!

  8. Wow. Right when you think you’ve heard it all. South West airlines is concerned with the word “Fuck” on your shirt, yet I am sure the chick wearing a micro mini with her ass hanging out isn’t required to “put on some pants”.. or the smelly guy who’s body odor is so kickin’ you began to consider other avenues of travel if this is what you can expect on a airline. Now, If your shirt said “Fuck me” okay… turn it inside out.. cuz’ there are chicks that would be drooling and not getting to thier seats in a timely manner. I am all for being considerate, but it is often one sided. Be considerate to those whom it offends, and screw those who it doesn’t offend?? Is there something wrong here? I would love to send you this pin I have. Seems like you could make more use of it than I at the moment. It reads: “Fuck off, this message is brought to you by the first Amendment” Hah. Stop b my blog, I’ll happily post a pic of you in your t-shirt!! Hooray for a hot guy bod in a funny shirt!

  9. The shirt is in poor taste. Good grief. Don’t you have a mother?
    BTW, you need to actually READ the First Amendment. Clearly you are clueless. It DOES NOT COVER profanity.

  10. haha im flying South West next weekend from San Francisco to Texas. seriously i think i’ll get my self a shirt like that and wear it.

  11. Sherry: Silly girl. Here in America we have the right to the personal choices in which we want to believe. Including if a t-shirt that says FUCK is funny or not. Now, before you fall of your self righteous pedestal I suggest you point your finger at yourself for attacking another person in which you do not know. I think it’s very inhumane to question if someone had/has a mother when you don’t know thier personal circumstances and lacks the compassion in which you are aggressively trying to attempt to defend. Your comment was worse than reading FUCK on a shirt.

  12. Sherry-
    I second Michelle’s last two sentences.
    What kind of a question is that? What does having a mother even have anything to do with an individual’s behavior? When children grow up, they are going to do what they want to do. They will say what they want to say. And they will wear whatever they want to wear. They have minds of their own. Your teachings are no longer relevant once they reach their teen-age years anyway! So why does an individual’s choices reflect his/her mother? If a person didn’t have a mother, what then, would that person be?
    For a person who speaks as if she’s soo godly, you sure lack a lot of compassion and logic.

    The first amendment DOES NOT cover profane verbality that provokes public attention/riots. However, Chadrick did NOT cause any of that or attract negative attention- he actually attracted the opposite. If anything, the stewardess was the one creating conflict. Not to mention, you can not speak for your company and apply a rule that does not exist, if it is NOT officially a rule/policy.

    AMEN to you, Chadrick. I would have loved to see/hear about Southwest getting sued for something like that. You are a fuckin’ genius for trying to get her to answer if it was the policy. They never even really answered you. They avoided it. “Family-airline”- my ass. Some families use profanity like it’s nothing; I’m sure they wouldn’t mind.

  13. Ive been trying to buy this shirt…Do you know where i can get it?!!? Please email me if you !!! Thanks

  14. I have a “fuck cancer” shirt. I personally know almost 3 dozen people who have survived, died from or are struggling with it. This mother was so offended that I wore it. She said that I must be angry. I told her, “Hell yeah, I’m angry that Cancer is killing so many people. You should be too.”

  15. im trying to buy that shirt too where can i get it???? Please email me

  16. im trying to buy that shirt too where can i get it???? Please email mee

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