Fallout over scantily dressed man at airport

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by Alicia E. Barrón

Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on June 23, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 24 at 10:25 AM

PHOENIX – The college football player who was asked to leave a plane for wearing saggy pants is speaking out about a man who is allowed to travel wearing nothing but lingerie.

Deshon Marman was asked to get off a flight for wearing saggy pants that he refused to pull up. He was arrested and later charged with suspicion of trespassing, battery of a police officer and obstruction after refusing to leave on captain’s orders.

On the other hand, another male passenger is allowed to frequently fly to and from Phoenix on US Airways wearing nothing but undergarments. He has become a YouTube sensation but has many questioning if this is double standard.

The scantily clad man has been seen and taped in numerous airports across the country.

Jessica Malin has seen the man in lingerie at the airport.

“I was pretty pumped to see this man in his lingerie," she said. "It was kind of offensive but it was entertaining.”

“I feel like if it was a rapper or a superstar walking on the airplane…sagging his pants, they would want his autograph,” Marman said. “They wouldn’t tell him, ‘Hey can you pull up your pants please?’”

“Leads to only one conclusion, that because Mr. Marman is black, wearing dreads he was treated differently,” said Marman’s lawyer, Joe O’Sullivan.

3TV has learned the man in lingerie is a Phoenix resident and a frequent US Airways passenger. US Airways officials say they do not enforce a dress code as long as a person’s “private parts” are covered up.

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