Black man sues U.S. Airways for ‘sagging pants’ discrimination and harassment (video)

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Deshon Marman was a little distraught having attended a friend’s funeral on June 15, 2011 when he was “arrested and straightjacketed” for wearing sagging pajama pants on U.S. Airway flight 488 from San Francisco to New Mexico.

Marman, then 20, was a defensive player for the University of New Mexico. He recently filed a lawsuit against the airline, saying the U.S. Airways employee who was collecting boarding passes “loudly and unpleasantly ordered him to pull up his pants.”


Marman’s attorney highlighted that his client was a black man who “was dressed in the style common of youth today, which is to say that he was not revealing any inappropriate parts of his anatomy, the top of his underwear were visible above his loose-fitting pants.”

A crew member “accosted” Marman and others harassed him even after he was seated on the plane. The pilot eventually demanded he get off the plane.  He was arrested and spent the night in jail.


Watch the YouTube video where he was approached by the pilot and a police officer he repeatedly addressed as “sir.”


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