Late Night: Coffee, Tea or Panties? JetBlue Sued Over Lingerie Query

Gosh, you’d think security at LaGuardia Airport would be able to tell if a woman were wearing unmentionables under her shorts and tee-shirt–I mean isn’t that why we have the new see-through screening box?– but apparently JetBlue supervisor Victor Rodriguez, who was working the airline ticket counter, decided to check for himself once Malinda Knowles had boarded her flight to West Palm Beach, Florida.

According to the suit Ms Knowles filed and a conversation her attorney, Brian Dratch, had with ABCNews.com, she was

in her seat sipping orange juice when she said JetBlue supervisor Victor Rodriguez approached her, demanding to know “with a smirk” if she was wearing underwear.

“He just came up to me and asked me … basically to show him what I had on, which would have required me moving the tray table and pretty much opening my legs,” she said. “I didn’t feel comfortable doing that.”

But she complied, at which point she

lifted her tray table and then, Rodriguez — who was holding a walkie-talkie — allegedly “stuck the antennae in her crotch,” between her legs, to see what she had on underneath her T-shirt.

Then Rodriguez called Port Authority police and had her escorted off the plane. The Port Authrotiy report said she was

unruly

and the captain asked that she be removed. Knowles says she never saw the captain or spoke with him. The flight was delayed half an hour, and then she was put on a later flight because the captain did not want her on board.

For the record, she was wearing underpants beneath her denim shorts and a long tee-shirt.

Could airlines just issue dress codes?

50 Responses to "Late Night: Coffee, Tea or Panties? JetBlue Sued Over Lingerie Query"
BeachPopulist | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:06 pm 1

You’re fucking kidding me, right? This is snark? Is this Victor guy related to David Wu, DSK? This lady’s gonna own an airline by the time this lawsuit is over.


Elliott | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:08 pm 2

Query? !

more like attack


DrDick | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:09 pm 3

I think that these days the airlines (and pretty much any other business) can do whatever the fuck they want without legal repercussions. Even if a lower court rules against them the Supremes will overrule it and assert that their superior corporate personhood overrides the interests and rights of mere humans.


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:09 pm 4

Disgusting. Is there an airline that deserves our money anymore? (Rhetorical question.)


Elliott | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:15 pm 5

and what a bizarro video – the dude at the end be disapprovin’


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:19 pm 6

I think I may not fly Jet Blue again. I would have been unruly if some jerk had asked me if peas wearing panties and touched me with a walkie talkie antenna. Either of those. But both? To quote Billy Jack, “I just go berserk!”


fitley | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:20 pm 7

I’m going to get a colostomy bag and fill it with shit and a big hunk of metal. When the metal detector goes off I’ll say “Excuse me it must ne this” and squeeze the bag hard and blow sh*t all over these ignorant a**holes.


Elliott | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:20 pm 8

She must have been irresistible, wonder how many other women he probed with his antenna


demi | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:21 pm 9

I guess I’m okay, ’cause I haven’t flown anywhere in many years.
And, indian style is my favorite, unless I’m wearing a shorthish dress to the market.
Now you know.


demi | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:22 pm 10
In response to demi @ 9

I’m meant “short-ish”. I’m not safe with the no edit threads.


demi | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:27 pm 11

Oops, didn’t mean to spoil the fun.


DrDick | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:28 pm 12

Nor are any of us.


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:30 pm 13
In response to Elliott @ 8

I’m guessing that without the radio, he wouldn’t be getting any action at all.


KellyCanfieldDenver | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:30 pm 14

Hmmm, I’m thinking I should re-tell that story of going through security in Spokane last year…


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:33 pm 15

A fun protest would be to wear the same outfit–long tee shirt over shorts anytime you fly…


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:34 pm 16
In response to KellyCanfieldDenver @ 14

Boxers, briefs, or thong?


DrDick | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:35 pm 17

I was kind of hoping for commando.


DrDick | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:41 pm 18

Uh-oh! Did I break this thing again?


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:43 pm 19

Flying is damn nightmare. Our flight last month almost saw fist fights over the storage bins. And I got into an argument with the flight attendant when she wouldn’t give me a headset for an 8 hour flight, saying that I “missed my turn” when she gave them out to the other side of the plane. She gave MrCE one though, sitting in the next aisle. David Sedaris wrote in the August 9, 2010 New Yorker Personal History column, “Standing By” about how they really feel about passengers.


Beerfart Liberal | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:44 pm 20

This thing just doesn’t pass my smell test.


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:46 pm 21

Oops, was not JetBlue but that horrible United merger that ruined Continental.


KellyCanfieldDenver | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:47 pm 22
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 16

Better!

So, I am a quite plain looking person anymore. No tattoos (visible, and the 2 are very small and very old – 1979) and no jewelry; hardly wear earrings at all any more, for years, and no rings, necklaces, none of that. Ho hum.

However…

I was in the Spokane airport flying home last August and I had forgotten I had a special piece of wrap-around jewelry, shall we call it, in me underpants region. Leather, but has these precious little studs on it.

Anyhoo, I got “wanded” (heh) and instantly realized what the, uh, problem, was.

So having had to step back from the metal detector, I just reached in me drawers, pulled that puppy off, and tossed it in the plastic bin.

Marched forward, and of course the detector didn’t go off, but the look on the TSA folks’ face was Priceless!


RonD | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:48 pm 23

Pan Am in the early eighties seems like a lifetime away.
‘evenin’ all-


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:49 pm 24
In response to Beerfart Liberal @ 20

What doesn’t pass smell test– her story?


Beerfart Liberal | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:52 pm 25

I mean, they’re both lying. like the story though.


DrDick | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:52 pm 26
In response to KellyCanfieldDenver @ 22

That is even better than going commando. 8-)


RonD | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:52 pm 27

Cleanup on aisle 25, please!


DrDick | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:54 pm 28

Time for me to toddle off. Take care all.


potsdam602 | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:54 pm 29

Jet Blue should have just asked the porno-scanner guys if she had panties on when she came through security.


Beerfart Liberal | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:55 pm 30

If she was dressed like that, she really wanted it.


sadlyyes | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:56 pm 31

okay,i have a mild bachman headache,let me describe,temples hurt,mildly nauseous…eye sockets hurt every hair follicle hurts,yeah i already medicated,oh yeah ,i feel like running the country tonight,NOT………that woman is FOS…period


sadlyyes | Tuesday July 26, 2011 08:58 pm 32

nite dic doc,…im gonna go soak my head in hot water…g nite good peeps


tambershall | Tuesday July 26, 2011 09:00 pm 33
In response to sadlyyes @ 32

ibuprofen, you’ll thank me …
and the “rope” trick …
g nite


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday July 26, 2011 09:01 pm 34

Airlines should issue dresscodes.


Beerfart Liberal | Tuesday July 26, 2011 09:01 pm 35
In response to sadlyyes @ 32

dic doc?

g’night sadly


Beerfart Liberal | Tuesday July 26, 2011 09:04 pm 36

dresscodes? hmmmmm. i’m in.


sadlyyes | Tuesday July 26, 2011 09:06 pm 37
In response to tambershall @ 33

ive had them for 35 years…know mostly all the trix,even morphine for the craked skull ones,ibuprofen is bad for your liver,i dont use it….

lookee here

TSA to eliminate ‘passenger-specific’ images
By Christine Boynton | July 26, 2011

1 Share EmailPrintUS Transportation Security Administration will begin installing new software on its millimeter wave AIT body scanning machines “in the coming months,” eliminating “passenger-specific” images. The Automated Target Recognition software will produce a “generic outline of a person” while scanning for items that may pose a threat.

The agency has faced steady criticism of the body-scanning machines, installation of which accelerated in early 2010 following the attempted 2009 Christmas Day bombing of a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines Airbus A330 (ATW, April 1, 2010), for their potentially invasive nature.

g nite again


Beerfart Liberal | Tuesday July 26, 2011 09:07 pm 38

Oh shit!! it’s late EST. I gotta run. I’m gonna keep an eye on this. They are both lying. Maybe it’ll be on FOX & Friends tomorrow.


eblair | Tuesday July 26, 2011 09:07 pm 39

Where the fuck is Obama on this? Who the fuck can support our this joke of a President who allows this bullshit? How fucking stupid are Americans? Stupidest fuckers ever.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday July 26, 2011 09:14 pm 40
In response to eblair @ 39

I’m all for freedom of speech, but my little kid friends read this. Sobplease try to hold don th non G rated language. Thanks


eblair | Tuesday July 26, 2011 09:16 pm 41
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 40

Did you read the FIRST comment?


bigbrother | Tuesday July 26, 2011 09:35 pm 42

The whole of homeland security contractors seem repulsive, crude, insensitive and rude. The fear card is played to justify inappropriate behavior. Once through screening they need to let people continue in peace. I hope her attorneys rip the security company a new one and they their contract is cancelled.
Honestly we are cattle to them. Prodding you and keeping you in line is s form of degradation.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday July 26, 2011 09:41 pm 43
In response to eblair @ 41

One is reasonable. Four or five is a bit much. Thanks!


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday July 26, 2011 09:44 pm 44
In response to bigbrother @ 42

In thus case the guy worked for Jet Blue.


Dearie | Tuesday July 26, 2011 09:44 pm 45

I’m flying soon to Montana….where the FAA dare not go….and I dread it. It galls me to have to ‘be humble’ around the high school drop out who will fondle my breasts and grope my crotch. And once on the plane they’ll charge me for a friggin’ glass of water….and I’m sure it’s coin operated toilets by now. I hate it!


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday July 26, 2011 09:49 pm 46

I have been drisked around the world. I really don’t mind it


F. Glake | Wednesday July 27, 2011 04:28 am 47
In response to KellyCanfieldDenver @ 22

I’ve watched Zoolander ten times and I still can’t do the underwear trick.

My hat’s off to you sir, madam, or newt.


Adams | Wednesday July 27, 2011 07:11 am 48
In response to eblair @ 39

“How fucking stupid are Americans?”

Most important meta-political question ever.

Answer: They’re sheep. We’re toast.


edur | Wednesday July 27, 2011 08:07 am 49

What Fucking AIRLINE?


DonWilliams | Thursday July 28, 2011 10:55 pm 50

Tsk, tsk. Google is your friend. Of course airlines have dress codes. Here’s one that took about a minute to find:

ACCEPTANCE OF PASSENGERS

American may refuse to transport you, or may remove you from your flight at any point, for one or several reasons, including but not limited to the following…

Are clothed in a manner that would cause discomfort or offense to other passengers,
are barefoot,

http://www.aa.com/pubcontent/en_US/customerService/customerCommitment/conditionsOfCarriage.jsp?v_locale=en_US&v_mobileUAFlag=AA#AcceptPass


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