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Spirit Airlines passenger with saggy pants given the boot at O'Hare

: RIVIERA BEACH, FL - APRIL 23: Two youths wear their pants with the underwear showing on April 23, 2009 in Riviera Beach, Florida. Recently Palm Beach Circuit Judge Paul Moyle ruled a Riviera Beach city law banning sagging pants is unconstitutional in the case of a 17-year-old who was arrested and held overnight in jail for breaking the law. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Caught with your pants down? Spirit Airlines says a passenger with seriously sagging pants was ordered off a flight after he got aggressive with the crew.
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(CBS) CHICAGO - Spirit Airlines, the discount carrier that touts its "ultra low fares," kicked a passenger off a plane at O'Hare International Airport over the weekend after he tried to board wearing ultra-low pants.

As the man and a female companion boarded the Chicago-to-Orlando plane, a flight attendant asked the man to pull up his pants.

Spirit Airlines spokeswoman Misty Pinson tells CBS Chicago, "It was to the point where his entire bottom was hanging out. And that's not appropriate. We have a lot of customers on the plane, a lot of children on the plane."

Pinson says bare skin was not showing. But the man's underwear was.

"Our flight attendant asked him if he would kindly pull (his pants) up so that they were at a more appropriate level," Pinson said.

But the spokeswoman told CBS Chicago the sagging pants were not the reason the passenger was ultimately kicked off the flight.

"He became aggressive with the flight crew," Pinson said. "He threatened to smack the flight attendants."

As to what constitutes appropriate attire, Pinson says flight attendants are trained to use their own judgment.

CBS Chicago reports the only specific dress-code disqualifier in Spirit's code is bare feet.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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