Saturday, February 23, 2008

Too Pretty to Fly? Women Charge "Beauty Discrimination"

Southwest Airlines hits the news again, but this time not over a "dress code," but instead over "beauty discrimination." University of South Florida student Nisreen Swedberg and friend Sarah Williams, both 18, made this claim about a flight they took on - of all days - Valentine's Day.

The flight was from Tampa Bay to Los Angeles. Swedberg said they were treated unfairly from the moment they entered the plane.

She also said she asked a flight attendant for a bottle of water and was told she had to wait until the rest of the flight was served. "And I patiently waited and then when they came around with water, they skipped me," Swedberg said.

Later, Williams exchanged profanities with another passenger over the use the plane's bathroom. But she indicated that the attendants only questioned her.

"I think they were just discriminating against because we were young decent-looking girls. I mean, nobody else on the plane looked like us except us,” she said. “[The flight attendants] were like older ladies. We were younger. Who knows, they could have been just jealous of us because we were younger."

Southwest defends the incident, saying the women caused a disruption on the flight.

When the plane landed in LA, the women were met by four uniformed officers and later questioned by the FBI. The women were released nearly two hours later.

No charges were filed, but Williams and Swedberg say they were banned from all future Southwest Airlines flights, including their scheduled flight home to Tampa.

Swedberg said, "I don't know what happened on this flight; I didn't do anything wrong and I feel like I was just discriminated against based upon my looks."

Hate to say it, Nisreen, but although the above "semi-glamour" shot makes you two look good, this picture captured from a video report shows you just ain't that good-lookin'. I think you were treated as you were because you two were probably acting like b*tches.

Good luck finding flights - on other airlines.

31 comments:

Sarah said...

Wow, what stuck-up bitches. Maybe they can catch a flight with Paris

Andi said...

Wow. I can't believe the things that people can bring themselves to say out loud. With a straight face.

Nick Kasoff said...

If these barely average women were discriminated against for being too beautiful, somebody is in serious need of having his vision checked. What a joke!

Nick Kasoff
The Thug Report

quattrone said...

Their complaint might have merit on Al-Aqsa Airlines, but thats about it.

Anonymous said...

Yes, they are HOT, but I'm sure they got kicked off the flight for mouthing off, and no other reason.

Paula Berg said...

As a Southwest Airlines Employee, I just wanted to clarify a few points:

1. As most of the comments suggest, our Crews’ decision had nothing to do with the ladies’ appearance, but rather their behavior and interaction with another Customer onboard.
2. The two ladies are not “banned” from ever traveling on Southwest in the future.

Our Employees simply have an obligation to maintain a safe environment onboard for all of our Customers. Of course, we would have gone out of business a long time ago if we discriminated against beautiful women – or anyone for that matter.

Paula Berg
Southwest Airlines

Anonymous said...

they are not so great looking.they were most likely acting rude.

Anonymous said...

sorry Paula but I don't think anyone is buying your comment. If they weren't banned then why was their return flight cancelled.
I'm sure they were spoiled brats but it makes me question the quality and training of Southwest employees if they can't resolve this diplomatically and need to call the police and ban someone for life.
But I think everyone must keep in mind you get what you pay for "Southworst" airlines...think about it.

Anonymous said...

perhaps they were temporarily banned.. if what Paula is saying is correct.. then again what arline makes their offical statement in a blog??

Anonymous said...

Had they sued for bitch discrimination they might have had a case.

Anonymous said...

The brunette was on TV. . too pretty?. . without a ton of makeup and good lighting. . not even close. She needs a makeover AND a diet before she'd be considered "too pretty".

I'm a commercial pilot (not for Southwest). Airlines do NOT pull people off of aircraft without just cause. I guarantee if other passengers were interviewed the story would be completely different.

Anonymous said...

"Decent-looking girls"? I'd say they look more like trailer trash ho-hags to me, except that's an insult to people who live in trailers. And ho-bags. My guess is, these girls got on the plane, started acting rude, escalated the situation, and were humiliated with being escorted off. So, they did what any narcissist would. They went on TV to bitch about how they've been mistreated by the world.

What clueless skanks! I mean, check out the off-the-shoulder thing and the blaze orange nails! Yeesh!

Anonymous said...

I know these girl personally, and I know how bitchy and rude they really are. This doesn't shock me at all.

Anonymous said...

Too pretty to fly? You've got to be kidding me. Almost any other word would be appropriate - too rude, immature, arrogant, stupid, clueless, etc. It's no wonder that everyone thinks Americans are idiots. For a few minutes, I was not sure if this was a real story or a parody.

I'm not sure what's worse - their behavior and subsequent claims or the fact that this turned into an actual news story.

Anonymous said...

The poor girl wanted a bottled water as soon as she sat down. And when told she would have to wait, she probably got angry. I think this girl is a sad reflection on spoiled rotten teens out there.
They have it all now days! She probably thinks if they get some cash out of this, they are set for life. What a travesty!

Anonymous said...

Are they serious??? LOL! I can't stop laughing. The dark haired one has a big thing on her face and is FAT! They probably thought they should be treated "special" because they think they're pretty, and the people on board just treated them "normal". That's hilarious! Stuck up for no good reason. These two little narcissitic little bitches probably gravitated to each other because they are "so special".

I still can't stop laughing!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

ONE TIME I TOOK A HUGE DUMP AND MY POO LOOKED BETTER THAN THESE DRAG QUEEN LOOKIN HOOKERS! SO SAD THAT THEY ARE SO DELUSIONAL THEY MAKE A CLAIM SUCH AS THAT. WONDER IF THEY'RE TOO RETARDED TO KNOW THAT EVERYONE IS MOCKING THEM

Anonymous said...

What bitches. The ugly brunette wanted a bottle of water right as she got on the plane, but to my knowledge most courteous people just wait until the flight attendants serve the entire cabin about 15 minutes into the flight. I'm embarrassed to call myself an American teenager after watching this. These girls were arrogant, rude, ugly, and just straight up dumb. Read a book or study a language, not a celebrity gossip magazine.

Anonymous said...

Conceited girl #1: WAHHHHHHH!! :(*** I want bottled water!!! NO! Not the same kind as the OTHER passengers, I want mine in a GLASS BOTTLE!! AND I WANT IT NOW!!! :(***
Conceited girl #2: OMgZ!!! That bathroom is too small to get all pretty in and it smells like sh*T!
Gril #1: Sh*&T???! OMG, GROSS!! LOLZOLZOZLOZL
Other passenger: Can you please be quiet down and stop using profanities. There are young kids on this flight and its also rude and inappropriate.
Girl #1 & #2: oMGZ!! sTFU!! We'RE goinG to BlOG ABout this on oUr MySpaces and SUE cuZ We'RE Princesses!!!

Italian Chicagoan said...

I have been flying Southwest four times a month since 1990, and I love them. I witnessed numerous times how accomodating and patient the staff is, including pilots personally escorting my old dad to the waiting area.
Italian Chicagoan

Anonymous said...

i really believed this possibly at first since the girl who was banned from flying because of her outfit before was just a tiny girl with tiny clothes although they didn't cover up that much. but these girls first of all aren't models and admit they were yelling, disruptive, and banging on a bathroom door because a genleman was taking too long. so obviously, with security, airlines don't put up with this crap. they ban you. duh! it's pitiful parents have raised imbeciles and i must say (having been born in the early early 70's), it's the kids born in the 80's and 90's who are complete morons. the parents just didn't give them curfews, or rules, or anything. my friends and i all born in the late 60's/early 70's all grew up respecting authority, being polite, calling everyone sir or ma'am, and never being loud or rude. what's happened to our youth? was it because more couples divorced so they indulged the children? something about these kids raised in the 80's and 90's (and possibly 2000's) is rotten. they are entitled rotten spoiled brats who are clueless about themselves and think they walk on water. it is just pitiful and they're going to be taking care of me one day? holy hell!

Anonymous said...

The brunette looks like Droopy the dog...

Anonymous said...

Should have thrown their bit*ch a$$es off in mid-flight...

Anonymous said...

This blog is hilarous. I love it!

Anonymous said...

"my friends and i ... all grew up respecting authority, being polite, calling everyone sir or ma'am, and never being loud or rude." ...

OK who do you think you're fooling, loser?

Anonymous said...

I witnessed those 2 skanks being detained by the cops at LAX on Valentines Day... Of course, I didn't know what they had done at the time and not until I heard their allegations today... I remember thinking the massively fat-assed brunette looked like a porn star wannabe and the blonde looked as if she was an anorexic hoochie on crack... Too pretty for SWA? I saw them in person and they aren't all that...

Anonymous said...

I really think they are spoiled brats who acted bitchy but that is not enough reason to ban them from flying back to Tampa. I think the airline over reacted. Some of these air crews can be arrogant, example: About 15 years ago I was in a flight that arrived in Puerto Rico, I have not flown for a while and got exited, I got up while the plane was moving and was seconds away from the gate. A lady stewardess screamed at me: "Sit Dowm!!!" I complied but felt mistreated by the way she screamed at me. She could've say: "please sit, the plane still moving or she could've said: "You need to sit down sir, we are not at the gate yet" I mean, she did not show any respect at all, I am a grown man..Then she stared down at me until I walked away from the area she was in, like trying to provoke a situation knowing well that if I fell in her trap I would have gotten in a lot of trouble. Then again, I feel sorry for the stewardess, they get crappy pay...

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