A news story that caught my eye this week concerns one of my favorite Pubs, Hooters and their San Diego-based waitress named Kyla Ebbert, who boarded a flight on Southwest to fly from San Diego to Tucson to see her physician. Ms. Ebbert was told by Southwest that she was "dressed inappropriately for the flight", since it is a family-oriented airline. Ms. Ebbert claims she was "humiliated", and was able to take the flight by adjusting her outfit and covering herself with a blanket for the flight. Kyla is so dismayed about the incident that she has appeared on the Today Show, Fox News and other news outlets to model her controversial outfit and smile for the camera. Legal Pub readers, does she really have a case against the airline? And what does this publicity do for her modeling career? Paris Hilton, watch out, Kyla Ebbert is wanting to compete with you! Video can be seen here:
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Legal Pub editor note: The brown haired woman in the green (Setara Qassin) also claims SW Airlines nearly kicked her off a flight because of her wardrobe.
9-20-07 Update by Legal Pub: Southwest has turned this whole controversy into a huge marketing campaign. Chief Executive Gary Kelly explains that the company is trying to be "lighthearted about this." Southwest not only appologized to Ebbert after she went on The Today Show and "Dr. Phil," but they have also given her two free round-trip tickets. In addition, SW announced a 10-day fare sale in honor of miniskirts. Now that is marketing.
Since Ron's story has helped launch Kyla and Setara, how about they share the tickets with Legal Pub?