A passenger on a commercial flight was told to change after other passengers complained they felt ‘intimidated’ but the t-shirt he was wearing. The shirt was merely a reference to a very famous movie line from The Princess Bride. Who would be offended by that? Furthermore, if the passenger really wanted to inflict harm, how does changing shirts help the situation?
The quote, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” was emblazoned on the shirt of Wynand Mullins when he boarded Qantas flight bound for his native New Zealand. He was asked to remove the shirt, but couldn’t find one to replace it. While Mullins described the incident as “comical”, he said that he wouldn’t be surprised if someone on the staff was watching him during the flight.
On radio, Glenn made of the whole story, saying that Princess Bride was one of his favorite movies and that he uses it as a “friend test”. If people don’t like it, they usually don’t make it into his circle of friends. He clearly did not think the airline had any reason to come up and ask the man to remove the shirt.
Watch the famous movie line below:
According to the New Zealand publication Stuff, Wynand Mullins, in hindsight, admits the T-shirt might not have been the best choice for air travel, but he thinks the airline’s response was a bit overboard.
“The flight attendant said to me: ‘Are you able to remove it because some of the passengers are quite intimidated by it,’” Mullins recalled to Stuff. “I thought it was all a bit silly. The person next to me was laughing, because they knew the movie.”
Mullins said the flight attendant went to look for another T-shirt for him, but one wasn’t found.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they had someone watching me the whole time,” Mullins continued.”The whole experience was a bit over the top, but also a bit comical.”
Stuff went on to report a Qantas spokesperson saying the airline does have dress code standards restricting clothing slogans that are “offensive or threatening.”