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Southwest says behavior, not beauty caused the problem

Last week we covered Nisreen Swedberg and Sarah Williams' run-in with the long arm of Southwest's security. Were the girls being profiled? Does being young and beautiful equal hassle to Southwest?

From our post:

Swedberg and WilliamsSwedberg and Williams"The girls claim they're being discriminated against because they're young and beautiful, which they are. They're sure their current situation has nothing to do with the obscenities they were swapping with another passenger after a bathroom incident."

Paula Berg (from Southwest) weighed in on Gadling with this statement:

"It is important to clarify a few points:

  1. The two ladies are not "banned" from ever traveling on Southwest in the future.
  2. Our Crews' decision had nothing to do with the ladies' appearance, but rather their behavior and interaction with another Customer onboard.
  3. Our Employees have an obligation to maintain a safe environment onboard.

Clearly, we would have gone out of business a long time ago if we discriminated against beautiful women - or anyone for that matter. We carry 96 million Customers a year, and they're all beautiful in our eyes!"

But if the girls acted less like Britney (or Paris or Lindsay) they would have missed their big break into stardumb. Stay tuned for their next big break: Playboy...

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The smallest bit of research about Southwest Airlines flack Paula Berg tells us this: http://www.blogsouthwest.com/2007/06/15/behind-the-scenes-blog-queen/ Now, never mind "wacky", and "off-the-wall" - "behind-the-scenes Blog Queen" and "Nuts about Southwest" say it all for me. So, to Paula Berg of Southwest Airlines, the airline company’s "behind-the-scenes Blog Queen", who says, regarding the events of March 6-7, 2008, and the now-record US$10,200,000 in fines racked up by Southwest: "...this situation was never and is not now a safety of flight issue". Nonsense, Paula. Cracks in airplanes? Nonsense, Paula. I've been around publicists and other entertainment folk for over 20 years, and I have heard better publicity emanating from self-plugging screenwriters on acid. And, Paula, as for: "[t]he FAA approved our actions and considered the matter closed as of April 2007". Nonsense, Paula. It's not "closed", until WE the PUBLIC say it is closed! Take that back to your superiors for me - and tell them that we are just getting started. Oh – and, congratulations on staying behind the scenes. John J. Tormey III, Esq. Quiet Rockland

Can Southwest legally discriminate if you are too dumb to fly?

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