Published On: Tue, Apr 21st, 2015

Daniel Podolsky, refuses to alter shirt with profanity, kicked off flight,

A New York college student was recently kicked off a flight back home after he wore a t-shirt bearing profanity and refused multiple options to cover the wording. Of course, the initial reports indicated that the airlines didn’t allow him a chance to change, but that proved to be inaccurate.

Daniel Podolsky was flying from the “South by Southwest” film and music festival, where he had obtained a free t-shirt which displayed: “Broad F***ing City.”

He boarded a plane from Dallas to Chicago, and at the time was wearing a jacket over the t-shirt, which included an expletive completely spelled out and in large letters. After an unscheduled stop in St. Louis due to weather, he removed the jacket revealing the offensive shirt.

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Daniel Podolsky’s shirt got him kicked off a Southwest airplane photo/ video coverage of incident

At this time, a Southwest Airlines employee noticed Podolsky’s shirt and approached him about the matter.

Initially Podolsky told reporters that he was quickly pulled off the flight without an opportunity to change.

“Did they give you any opportunity to put your jacket back on, to change the shirt [or] put it inside out?” a reporter with local television station KTVI asked him.

“It just happened so fast,” Podolsky responded. “Within 30 seconds the flight was already gone. I would have gladly done so.”

Video footage now reveal that the college student provided showed a different story, as Podolsky refused the multiple alternatives offered, citing his “freedom of speech.”

“Can you change the shirt?” the Southwest employee asked.

“No,” Podolsky replied.

“Can you put the jacket on and leave it on through the flight?” the male worker inquired.

Podolsky again refused, so a third option was offered.

“Can you put the shirt on inside out?”

“Nope,” he responded.

The employee then warned Podolsky that unless he did something to cover up the word, he would not be able to board the flight.

“Is there anything you can do not to display the shirt because at this point we can’t allow you to go,” the worker pleads.

“I have freedom of speech,” Podolsky responded.

As the Southwest employee advised that it is the company policy not to allow offensive sayings on shirts, Podolsky asked if a poll could be taken over the matter.

The college student then missed his flight. He was later allowed to board a different flight after he finally agreed to change his shirt.

Podolsky states that he doesn’t believe that his shirt should have been an issue.

“There are more than a hundred people on the plane trying to get to Chicago and the most important thing is my shirt?” he told reporters. “How does that work? Where’s the sense of priority?”

But Southwest Airlines stands by its decision to request Podolsky to cover the wording.

“We rely on our employees and customers to use common sense and good judgment,” spokesman Dan Landson commented in a statement.

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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