Flight attendants aren’t censors, but we are sometimes put in the position of having to act like we are. I hate it!
If you are watching an adult movie (I don’t want to call it pornography, but if the shoe fits), and there is nudity of sexual scenes that can be viewed by others in the cabin, I will tell you to turn it off. I don’t care what you watch in private, but my employer cares about what you watch when there are other customers around.
If you are reading a magazine that has nude photos, I will ask that you close it and put it away. No matter how tasteful those photos may be. You will need to read it another time, as my employer cares about what you are reading when other eyes may happen upon it.
If you are listening to music with profanity in the lyrics, I will ask you to put on your headset or turn it off. You can listen to your stereo as long as those around you cannot hear it. My employer doesn’t care what you listen to.
If you are engaged in a loud conversation, especially if you are using words that cannot be aired on television, I will ask you to lower your voice. I believe in free speech, and appreciate your desire to express yourself. My employer insists that you express yourself in a manner and at a time that does not offend other customers.
If you are wearing a t-shirt (or some other article of clothing) that contains an offensive graphic (usually sexual) or phrase (usually profanity), my employer wants it removed or covered up while you are on the plane. You have probably been told that prior to boarding. If you forget during the flight, I will gently remind you and expect you to comply.
Most passengers seem to accept these requirements, even if they may personally disagree.
Here’s a new twist: What happens when the graphic deemed to be offensive is a tattoo?
It seems that the Australian airlines Jetstar required a woman who had a tattoo of a naked couple engaging in sex to cover it up during flight.
The passenger has written to the airline complaining that she was embarrassed when the flight crew asking her to wear a jacket to cover up the tattoo. EXCUSE ME! If you’re not embarrassed to be sporting a tattoo of people having sex, I’m having a tough time believing that being required to put on a jacket is a big deal.
Oh well, at least it was just a complaint. Here in the U.S. it would be a lawsuit.
Via: IAG Blog