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    An executive with Best Buy claims a United Airlines gate agent refused to allow him to take a first-class seat because he was wearing a track suit, reports FOX 5 News of Washington. Armando Alvarez, a corporate executive with electronics retailer Best Buy, says he used miles to upgrade to first class on his Monday flight from Washington Dulles to Connecticut (presumably Hartford).

    Alvarez says that once his upgrade cleared, he walked to the counter near the gate to get his new seat assignment. That's when he says the gate agent told him that his track suit was too casual for him to sit in first class. (See a picture and video of the suit on FOX 5’s website).

    "I was humiliated," Alvarez is quoted as saying to FOX 5 reporter Will Thomas following the incident. "I was embarrassed and when some of the passengers were boarding behind me they said, 'Hey, what just happened?' And I said the agent just said I wasn't properly dressed to go in first class today. And they said, 'Was he kidding?' I said obviously not because I'm boarding and not getting in first class."

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    FOX 5 updates the story with a response from United. On its website, the TV station writes a United "spokesperson says they've identified the gate agent and he is a contract employee who works for Air Wisconsin. The spokesperson says the employee was interviewed and security footage from the terminal is being reviewed as officials for both airlines investigate the incident. United says there is no passenger dress code, but they cited two rules. Ticketed passengers can not be barefoot and must be clothed."

    http://www.usatoday.com/travel/fligh...620001025.blog

  • #2
    Is this political, or religious?
    ...hunter of the shadows is rising...

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    • #3
      Originally posted by SkepticAlways View Post
      Is this political, or religious?
      Racial!

      Just kidding, but wtf is wrong with the attendant? Since when is there a dress code for first class? Idiot.

      "You don't want the truth because, deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall... I have neither the time, nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it."

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      • #4
        Just one more reason why I hate flying. I wonder if they credited him back his miles that he used?

        At one point I was flying 2-3 times a week with work. Normally I would fly in early or the night before. Flight was generally 6am. I can tell you that I was not putting a suit on to fly 4+hours, if I wasn't going straight to a meeting. That's not counting the 2 hours to get to the airport. Most of the other passengers as well were dressed comfortable. This attendant is a freaking idiot. I hope they fire his a**
        Last edited by jcioccke; 11-06-2009, 05:58 AM.
        MDRDEP:

        There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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        • #5
          First class may be turining out to be like a night club at South Beach...If you're not dressed right, look right, act right, know the "right" people, or come w/ hot women you're not getting in!...Dress to impress!...


          No excuses jcioccke, dress to impress!...
          Last edited by Southflaguy; 11-06-2009, 09:22 AM.
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          • #6
            First class may be training out to be like a night club at South Beach...If you're not dressed right, look right, act right, know the "right" people, or come w/ hot women you're not getting in!...Dress to impress!...


            No excuses jcioccke, dress to impress!...
            Bro when you have to be at JFK at 4:am for a 4 hour flight 2 x a week- I assure you that is the last thing on your mind. What the OP passenger was wearing is similar to what I wore. I wouldn't even tie my shoes because I knew they were coming off. Lap top out of bag, and carry one already opened up.

            Now in South Beach, forget-about it, JC is styling!!!
            MDRDEP:

            There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jcioccke View Post
              Bro when you have to be at JFK at 4:am for a 4 hour flight 2 x a week- I assure you that is the last thing on your mind. What the OP passenger was wearing is similar to what I wore. I wouldn't even tie my shoes because I knew they were coming off. Lap top out of bag, and carry one already opened up.

              Now in South Beach, forget-about it, JC is styling!!!
              LOL....Still no EXCUSES!....I'm playing...I don't know when I'm at the airport/airplane I feel like I have to look right, I understand about the long flights and all that though...
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              • #8
                LOL....Still no EXCUSES!....I'm playing...I don't know when I'm at the airport/airplane I feel like I have to look right, I understand about the long flights and all that though...
                JC thinking SFG is scoping the ladies lol
                JC is married and could give a shi- at 4 am lol
                MDRDEP:

                There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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                • #9
                  It's not that, I don't know...Honestly, I love hanging around airports...The people watching, the hustle and bustle, the tourist all happy that they're Miami or Ft Lauderdale...
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                  • #10
                    A track suit is the best thing to wear for getting a TSA cavity search...

                    Either that or a paper gown!!

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                    • #11
                      It used to be SOP that 1st class required a jacket and tie.

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                      • #12
                        Bounce when was that? I have flown 1st Class several times in what that guy was wearing and even shorts. Never had issues. So why do we think he was denied? Dress code..seriously??
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