Protests Grow Over SFO Saggy Pants Arrest

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The family and supporters of a man arrested at San Francisco International Airport in June after allegedly ignoring instructions to pull up his sagging pants on a U.S. Airways flight were headed to the airport Wednesday to seek an apology.

The group was delivering nearly 40,000 signatures on a petition asking for U.S. Airways to apologize for the June 15 incident in which Deshon Marman, 20, was arrested on suspicion of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and trespassing after boarding a flight to Albuquerque, N.M.

San Francisco police said Marman, a student and football player at the University of New Mexico, was instructed by airline crew members several times to pull up his pants to cover his underwear both before and after he boarded the plane.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

Police said he refused to leave the plane and then resisted officers when they tried to handcuff him.

Marman’s family has said he told airline staff that he could not pull up his pants because he was carrying bags and his hands were full.

Last month, the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against Marman in the case.

His family, along with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the civil rights organization, planned to deliver the signatures to the U.S. Airways ticket counter at the airport.

The Rev. Amos Brown, president of the NAACP’s San Francisco chapter, said the Marman family also plans to file a lawsuit against U.S. Airways in the next few days.

The national NAACP is also pressuring U.S. Airways to apologize and review its policies, Brown said.

U.S. Airways officials were not immediately available for comment this morning. The airline has previously said that the issue in Marman’s case was not his style of clothing but rather his refusal to comply with orders from the flight crew.

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  • enoughallready

    Everyday we have someone died in Oakland or in Richmond. Surrounding community are fear for their lives from thugs and gangs. Where were the apologies for these people. Get over it. If you want money from the airline then say so. He’s not injured. Charges were dropped. Move on. Maybe they should put their energy into helping Oakland or Richmond find a solution to so many killings.

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  • Trudy Sanders

    No matter your race or creed, do what they tell you to do an an airplane or face the consequences. Flying isn’t a joke – for better or worse, it’s the world we live in today.

  • Dave

    USair- never apologize for expecting decency and cooperation from passengers. Let them fly on another airline.

  • Robert King

    My view on this was that saggy pant guy was wrong. Then a video surfaced of the incident and he was polite and not unreasonable at all. It did seem more of a testament of will with the flight attendant. She wanted her way. Also It does not help that a video surfaced of a man flying the same airline on the same day in woman underwear only and high heels. I fly all the time and I have seen worse behavior then this saggy pant guy. I thought it was as simple as “just pull up your pants” but the video changed my mind

  • darell

    Wonder why people like to wear pants that look like baby diapers.

    • David Legnosky

      Because that’s how they act and they believe, childish, morons!

  • Motor Runner

    US airways is a joke anyway, I dont fly with them, and if this is how they treat their customers, then I dont plan on using them.

    Airlines across America have been dieing a slow death for the past 15 years, I wish they would build a high speed rail system so I wouldn’t take 6 hours, or hundreds of dollars, to get through half of California, or jump over to Nevada.

    • apple

      @motor runner…

      Taking the underground railway all over again!

  • GetReal

    This article should be sub-titled, “40,000 idiots sign piece of paper.”

  • Chuck

    Degeneracy should be DIScouraged, not encouraged — even in America.

  • mykie84

    I wonder if an apology from U.S. Airways would result in the family dropping the lawsuit. If not, why bother.

  • Mel*

    If you’re going to let a man get on the plane in women’s underwear and nothing else then you shouldn’t say anything to the dude with saggy pants. We PAY for this service, SERVICE, this is not a prison transport system. Year after year I have found that the stewards and stewardess are getting more and more of an attitude, acting like they own you until you get off that plane. Customer service and safety CAN co-exist. Telling someone to pull up their pants when you know it’s a “style” is just ignorant especially when you are singling out one person and not someone else who is dressed in less. I am not paying for someone to treat me like I’m in jail and it is not illegal to wear saggy pants…even though I wish it was…that’s not the point.


    I think that it’s great that all those black males like to show the underwear their mommies bought them at Wal-Mart. Of course, THIS moron had spent the better part of the morning in the airport bathroom servicing old men sexually in the back stalls.

  • GM

    The real issue is that he refused to obey the lawful instructions of the flight crew. Forget the pants, which are a safety issue vs. aesthetic issue (“Oh wait, we can’t evacuate this burning aircraft because this guys pants fell all the way down and he fell in the aisle.”)- what if he had been smoking, or wouldn’t shut off his cell phone, or any other number of legitimate reasons the flight crew might have to address to maintain safety for the passengers and crew? How long do you debate with the guy before you order him off the plane? How long do you delay departure to persuade him to leave? What about everyone else’s right to travel safely without undue delays?
    Once off the plane he allegedly scuffles with uniformed cops, which has nothing to do with the airline whatsoever. It is unclear if he was even under arrest at that point vs. being escorted off the aircraft.
    Yes, a different crew on a different flight on a different day let a guy fly in lady’s underwear. Rather than recognize that as a mistake in and of itself (would they let a LADY fly in only her underwear?) people point to it as somehow being indicative of racism. Show me a situation where a white male is “sagging” on the same flight as a “sagging” black guy and gets to fly while the black guy gets thrown off and we can talk racism.
    Situations like this trivialize the huge problems we have with race relations in this country on BOTH SIDES of the question.

  • LtBrownSgr

    GM I think I love you! haha. I agree with your post totally!

  • JoMama

    An apology would be an admission of wrongdoing and it can and will be used against them in civil court, therefore they are correct not to apoligize.

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