Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Friday, December 17, 2010

Nudists Not Welcome On American Airlines

Posted By on Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 11:59 AM


SF Weekly has been uncovering the naked truth this week, discovering that San Francisco nudists will not face problems if they opt to walk through TSA inspections in the buff. As far as strolling, nude, through the terminal, San Francisco International Airport is under the jurisdiction of the city, despite being geographically located in San Mateo County. Good luck tooling around naked in San Bruno or Burlingame, but, as was revealed in our recent cover story, San Francisco law enforcement doesn't consider nudity sans lewd behavior to be a crime. Yesterday, the TSA told us that naked people are welcome in the security line -- and may even elude a pat-down.

Yet the fun stops at the airline's boarding gate. While San Francisco may be a nudist nirvana, airlines are private companies with their own policies -- and at least one industry giant has told us naked people are unwelcome in the Friendly Skies.

American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith responded to our query about going nude on flights with the following e-mail: "Not sure why you are asking, but if the message is correct, the answer is no. Our legal Conditions of Carriage, under the Acceptance of Passengers section does not specifically mention NO clothing, but the section highlighted certainly falls to that issue since such lack of clothing would cause discomfort or offend other passengers." 

C'mon, American Airlines, you mean a guy munching on airline peanuts with his own nuts on display might actually bother the lady next to him?

Smith went on to quote passages of company policy regarding the ejection of "disorderly, abusive or violent," passengers. Examples of such behavior include: you "are clothed in a manner that would cause offense or discomfort to other passengers." It also included being "barefoot." Though nudity is not explicitly stated, Smith tells us the airline can use its discretion, and nudity is grounded.

So there you have it. You won't be seeing any snakes on a plane.

Follow us on Twitter at @TheSnitchSF and @SFWeekly  

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , , ,

About The Author

Lauren Smiley


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"