TIMES MAY HAVE CHANGED BUT maybe times shouldn’t have changed as much as they have. This came to mind today as I watched The View. The co-hosts were talking about the video a mother posted after her teen son was frisked over and over. His mother thought it was too much. TSA never got so personal in the past. Mother’s never had video readily at hand to document things they don’t like. Then again, TSA has made enough mistakes to be afraid for their jobs with each passenger passing through.
The View co-hosts took various positions on the subject, one being that the mother may have overreacted. The other view was that the video was uncomfortable to watch, therefore maybe something is wrong. Both sides have a point. Mom may have overreacted in some person’s eyes but she has that right. This is HER child. TSA says the agent acted properly. High Heels can’t swing either way, but we do wonder if TSA applicants are checked and observed for any strange behaviors or interests. Just sayin’….’cause every other job digs deep into people’s personal lives before signing on the dotted line.
The day before that video was released, it was the issue of the young girls on a flight wearing leggings. Well, ordinarily I would never side with corporate America over the little people like the 10-year old wearing leggings on a flight. However, having worked as a flight attendant for a major airline, I have a valid opinion. Husband would love to interject here and say I flew when the wings on airplanes “flapped”. (Since I know he would say that, we can just call him predictable).
Granted, my tenure was in the 1970s when people, rules and life in general were different. There was war in Vietnam just ending, Aids was a huge question mark and women still had somewhat large hair. We were required to dress “appropriately” if traveling as passengers (Non Revs for non-revenue passengers) because we were traveling free. That rule also applied to our parents or spouse or children. When my father and I traveled to Jamaica back in the 70’s, he had to wear a tie. We didn’t have “buddy passes” back then. Appropriate was 1) no athletic shoes 2) no skin tight clothing 3) no excess cleavage, back or thighs 4) and no jeans. It wasn’t so hard, especially as a trade off for not paying one dime to get from point A to point B. Mom and I flew to Italy in 1971 for $7.00 each. Pearls were an easy tradeoff.
So, yes times have changed and so has fashion and style. We get that. We don’t get the fact that the parents didn’t teach the young girls that you have to obey rules if you are getting something for nothing or at an extreme bargain price. It’s too bad the young girls had to be humiliated but it’s the parents that lacked the class.
In terms of Chrissy Teigen, Sarah Silverman and other actresses who dissed United Airlines, please stop! It’s commendable that they stepped up to protect the young girls from the big bad GIANT AIRLINE. With all due respect, these ladies either fly private, first class or incognito. They also pay through the nose on commercial flights or someone else pays it for them. They are not EMPLOYEES who are given the “perk” of flying like a celebrity and bringing their immediate family along. They are celebrities who more often than not DEMAND to be treated a certain way for their money. So the fact that they have been on flights with long shirts as dresses with no pants underneath, is neither here nor there. That is how they must dress to maintain their BRAND. It has nothing to do with the underage children of workers of a corporation who are going somewhere FREE.
In these uncertain economic times, people are fortunate to get free tickets to anything or anywhere. At the same time, United, Delta, American and all the other airlines are not everybody’s favorite mode of travel anymore. With all that said, perhaps United could have bent the rules one time for young girls. On the other hand, if they did that, they may have to face someone complaining if they weren’t afforded the same leniency. Maybe young girls especially, should not be in such close quarters with strangers if they are wearing suggestive clothing for two reasons: Times have changed for everybody..the bad and the good.
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