Air passenger arrested in saggy pants dispute

Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:01pm EDT
 
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters Life!) - A U.S. college football player who allegedly refused a request to hoist his saggy pants when he boarded a flight was arrested after a dispute with the crew, authorities said on Friday.

When DeShon Marman, 20, refused to leave U.S. Airways Flight 488 from San Francisco to Phoenix on Wednesday, he was arrested for trespassing by police at the request of the plane's captain, said San Mateo County Chief Deputy District attorney Karen Guidotti.

"The attention was brought to him because his pants were so low that his genitals were almost showing," Guidotti said.

Marman also was booked for resisting arrest after an alleged fracas with an arresting officer at San Francisco International Airport, authorities said.

Both charges would be misdemeanors but Marman has not yet been formally charged, Guidotti said. An arraignment has been set for July 18 and Marman was released from jail on Thursday after posting $10,000 bail, authorities said.

Marman is a University of New Mexico football player originally from San Francisco.

The plane had 150 passengers on-board, said Andrew Christie, a spokesman for U.S. Airways.

"U.S. Airways does not have a specific dress code, but we do ask that our passengers dress in an appropriate manner to ensure the safety and comfort of all of our passengers," Christie said.

The other passengers were asked to leave the plane when Marman refused to leave, Guidotti said.

Ultimately, the flight left one hour late, Christie said.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Greg McCune)

 
<p>A ground crew worker walks past a U.S. Airways aircraft outside terminal 4 at Phoenix International Airport in Phoenix, April 8, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Lott</p>