Scantily Clad Man Flew US Airways Before SFO Saggy Pants Arrest

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — Days before a San Francisco man was arrested on a US Airways flight over his saggy pants, the same airline allowed a man showing much more skin to fly.

Jill Tarlow, who was on the June 9th flight from Fort Lauderdale to Phoenix, told CBS 5 the man wore a woman’s bathing suit, thigh high stockings and high heels.

“I just kept thinking to myself. What if I was wearing that outfit?” Tarlow said. “Would US Airways not ask me to cover up? If a woman was in a stripper outfit they’d allow her to just board?”

According to Tarlow, many passengers complained about the man’s attire to the gate staff. She telephoned US Airways after the plane landed in Phoenix.

Tarlow said an airline spokesperson told her “…As long as he’s not harassing anyone or exposing himself, then we’re fine with it.”

Six days later, Deshon Marman of San Francisco was removed from another US Airways flight after he allegedly refused to pull up his sagging pants.

Upon hearing the news of Marman’s arrest, Tarlow then turned over the photos of the scantily clad man to Marman’s attorney Joe O’Sullivan.

“I think the airline maybe has a market strategy toward drag queens and against young African Americans,” O’Sullivan told CBS 5.

O’Sullivan is adamant that since the airline has no explicit dress code and allowed the scantily clad passenger to board suggest it’s not about clothing, but race.

“It was racial because he is black. And he had dreadlocks and they jammed him,” O’Sullivan said. “Why would they have stopped him? No passenger complained about him. No police report says he showed he showed any flesh. YouTube and everything else is demonstrable. He was reverent, respectful. I almost felt it was obnoxious he said ‘Sir’ so many times.”

A US Airways spokesperson told CBS 5 by phone Tuesday, as long as someone is not showing parts of their anatomy, they are permitted to fly.

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  • JQP

    Atrocious garb! The guy should have been removed from the plane and charged with a Crime of Fashion.

    • RealityCheck

      My first thought when I saw this guy was, “Which Congressman is that?”

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  • Rodrick Perkins

    Something tell me that if he were wearing a tuxedo, you’d still identify it as “gang clothing” all because he’s black.

    • gullyjuiceradio

      If he was dressed in a Tuxedo, they would treated him like royalty. But I would also kick that cross-dresser off the plan for being a complete fool. Personally I would not let a saggy pants baggy clothes person in my house. The root of saggy clothes is to hide WEAPONS. A former gang-leader of GD’s told me that.

    • You are the racist my friend

      I’m suprised there are any race cards left in any deck in America as often as liberals throw them out there. Amazing Obama was elected with 9 out 10 whites being racist these days. Totally amazing!

  • LG davis

    Cross us air off your kist of airlines. What is wrong with these people..????Laur

    • B Donovan

      As Southwest always says “We know you have choices”…..USAir would be wise to remeber that as well……

  • Justin

    Welcome to the new normal.

  • Mother One

    It wasn’t about the guy’s skin color the week prior it was that he refused to cooperate and comply with the requests of the crew and the pilot. Ultimately the pilot can eject anyone he or she is uncomfortable flying with.

    As for this crossdresser (or statement maker), he was not causing a disturbance (beyond perhaps some gawking from other passengers), and did not refuse to cooperate with airline employees or the flight crew as the guy last week did with the pants. We’ll never know for sure by my hunch is if asked politely to cover up a bit more by the flight crew he would have made an effort to comply.

  • Bob

    This guy flies all over the country like this…all you have to do is Google “TheDirty Terminal” or go to and you’ll see what I’m taking about.

    • lukuj

      I would hate to be a parent with a young child when this man was on the same flight. This would probably be very confusing to children, and I know I would be embarrassed to see some one looking like this in the flesh. I can’t understand what this man gets out of doing this unless he is an attention hound. How sick and sad!

      • proud_bay_man

        Oh, the poor feral children running up and down the aisles.

      • Moe Sizslack

        Oh My God.. Think of the Children…

    • Pants on the ground

      He is hoping to denied service so he can sue – EXACTLY what pants on the ground man last week is now doing – suing.

      • Pull em up

        The lawsuit settlement to pants on the ground man should be to give him a belt.

    • Bob

      The guy’s name is Howard Nutt and he lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. He goes everywhere dressed like this…the store, the bank, restaurants, and of course airports. Apparently he travels quite a bit for business and must be making OK money since he’s flying all the time. He often poses for people to take pictures. I’d certainly be upset if I had to sit next to this weirdo.

  • Mike Alright

    We are such an advanced feminized society aren’t we? Considering how dumb the average American is I guarantee that you ain’t seen nothing yet, you morons…..

  • Obama

    Looks like I will have to stop wearing jeans, now that you consider them gang clothes. What a Moron…

    • Barry

      It’s ok Obama, we just laugh at men who wear mom jeans. We know mom jeans wearing men are nerds, not gang bangers. You’re safe Barry.

      I hope your “typical white woman” grandmother is resting in peace.

  • Mikey

    If people think men traveling in drag is okay, then this nation has lost all sense of right and wrong. Moral anarchy is here.

  • Rod Anders

    This is news? Why is this even a story?

    • dead_than_red

      ever hear of the 1st amendment to the constitution? Or, is the only one worth a darn the 2nd?

      BTW: that pesky ol’ 1st amendment also covers freedom of religion – so you guns and bibles crowd should take care to remember that.

      • ChiGuy

        If you are going to cite the first amendment, please READ IT FIRST. The first amendment starts, “Congress shall make no law …”. There is nothing to prohibit a private business from declining business from a customer who dresses in an offensive, inappropriate and obscene manner.

      • He is a commie

        Yes you would be better off dead – red or not commie.

  • Richard

    What’s a “sagging flight?”

  • Andrew Randall

    Gary, you are saying that because a person’s pants are baggy they should be (and in many cases are) considered to be in a street gang? I live on a military base, many of the Marines I serve with wear baggy pants when they aren’t in uniform. Does this mean that they should be arrested? Or, by your own statement, taken to Guantanamo Bay?

    The question that looms here is why was a young black man removed from a plane due to baggy pants (that fully covered his skin), but the equally offensive lingerie wearing white man was not. I personally do not think the airline is racist, but the pilot may hold his own prejudices and it should be looked in to. Also, the fact that people complained about this incident, and nobody did anything, but the pilot felt “unsafe” about flying with a man wearing baggy pajama pants and Mr Marman was subsequently arrested makes no sense to me.

    We live in a country where you have the freedom to wear what you please, but if you do not comply with the dress code of a business you will be refused service. If your genitalia is covered up, in both cases it was, then please explain to me why you should be refused to board and travel in peace?

    Personally, I find it more offensive for a man or woman (depending on how good she looks.. haha) to be on a plane in lingerie, and I can guarantee the majority of America feels the same way. That being said, a person should not be arrested because they do not conform to what is “normal dress.” Read 1984 by George Orwell or Brave New World by Aldous Huxley if you want everybody to conform to a nation wide, nay, party wide, nay, class wide dress code.

    • Black Panther

      Yeah, it cause whitey racist! Pilot be KKK!!!! Fire dat racist bigot KKK pilot – he be a honkey! White bread bigot mo fo! I pop a round in his azzz!

    • DJR

      Go back and read the original story…Mr Marmon REFUSED to honor the request of the pilot..he was belligerent and threatening and attempted to intimidate the pilot with threats of violence…this seems to now be forgotten…it wasn’t due to his butt crack showing, it was due to his ignorance of and lack of restraint. Isn’t that what defines thug behavior more so than dress code>

  • HoseA

    I would expect this in san fran sicko

  • Clinter

    Kick both their despotic buts off the flight, the bus, or the train or any public transportation or anywhere out side a locker room or changing room area. And I cleaned that up.

    • ione

      Absolutely!!!! Both off the plane is the solution.

    • Andrew Randall

      despotic – belonging to or having characteristics of a despot
      despot – a ruler with absolute power

      buts – plural – used to indicate an exception/on the contrary

      translation: “Kick bother their absolutely powerful ruling exceptions off the flight, the bus…. etc etc”

      butts – plural – a slang term for buttocks/a person’s behind

      Please, if you want to use a word like despotic, use it correctly. Also, improper use of the English language is equally offensive to me as a person wearing baggy pants.

  • Miss Dee

    Glad someone stepped up to point out that this “rule” is not equally enforced amongst all passengers. Mr. Marman’s charges should be dropped immediately.

  • Palo Alto

    oh gimme a break. he’s joining into a lawsuit with the saggy fool.

  • Angel

    I don’t want to see either! Sagging pants are justs foolish and that drag outfit should be warn at home or a club! Never understood why you want to walk around holding up your pants with your underwear hanging out! Both need to get respect for the public.. Oh and I am of mixed race so no prejudice here:)

  • helen

    I think this is SICK!!! You cannot tell me this was not Racial…and i dont use the race cards. But, this is Black and white right here. US airways should be shame of themself.

    • ChiGuy

      No need to haul out the racism card. We can simply note that the gate attendents in the droopy pants case had common sense, decency, and a concern for the other passengers, while the gate attendents who welcomed the goofball in lingerie were morons.

  • The Cryptojournalist

    What if the ‘black…with dreadlocks’ had tried the tranny approach?

    News day that slow, guys? Literally NOTHING important happening in the world?

  • Andy Chan

    So showing his entire torso is considered NOT showing anatomy? Yet with the football player, showing his covered ass is? What is the law at this point???

  • J. Alejandro

    And people wonder why airline service has gone down hill?

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  • Thomas Houck

    This is visually insulting!

  • strollermeat

    it’s not racist, they’re both equally guilty. i’d call it it pro-gay discrimination, but that’s sf for you. what a toilet

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