Gosh, you’d think security at LaGuardia Airport would be able to tell if a woman were wearing unmentionables under her shorts and tee-shirt–I mean isn’t that why we have the new see-through screening box?– but apparently JetBlue supervisor Victor Rodriguez, who was working the airline ticket counter, decided to check for himself once Malinda Knowles had boarded her flight to West Palm Beach, Florida.

According to the suit Ms Knowles filed and a conversation her attorney, Brian Dratch, had with ABCNews.com, she was

in her seat sipping orange juice when she said JetBlue supervisor Victor Rodriguez approached her, demanding to know “with a smirk” if she was wearing underwear.

“He just came up to me and asked me … basically to show him what I had on, which would have required me moving the tray table and pretty much opening my legs,” she said. “I didn’t feel comfortable doing that.”

But she complied, at which point she

lifted her tray table and then, Rodriguez — who was holding a walkie-talkie — allegedly “stuck the antennae in her crotch,” between her legs, to see what she had on underneath her T-shirt.

Then Rodriguez called Port Authority police and had her escorted off the plane. The Port Authrotiy report said she was


and the captain asked that she be removed. Knowles says she never saw the captain or spoke with him. The flight was delayed half an hour, and then she was put on a later flight because the captain did not want her on board.

For the record, she was wearing underpants beneath her denim shorts and a long tee-shirt.

Could airlines just issue dress codes?

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.