The man who was photographed preparing to board a plane dressed only in women’s underwear and heels does it regularly to make his business travel more fun, it has been revealed.
The 65-year-old Phoenix man, named Howard, spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle on condition that his full name not be published.
‘‘It has never been my intent to put people in a situation where they feel uncomfortable,’’ Howard told the newspaper. ‘‘I try to respect other people’s opinions. As long as my dress is not indecent from a legal perspective, and so long as the airline does not object, I have the right to wear what I wear. And others have the right to wear what they want to wear.’’
Howard made news worldwide this week after fellow passenger Jill Tarlow snapped Howard’s photo before a June 9 flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Phoenix as he prepared to board wearing blue underwear, heels and black stockings.
This is not the first time Howard has been photographed or filmed boarding flights in women’s clothing. Several videos on YouTube feature Howard being secretly filmed by other passengers, while in other cases he poses for them.
The reaction of other passengers varies, with one video posted under the title ‘‘Creepy Cross-Dressing Middle-Aged Spandex Man’’, while in another, the man filming Howard channels Austin Powers.
‘‘You look good ... let’s see it ... bam! Do it baby!’’ he says as Howard poses for the camera.
Howard said he is happy for other passengers to take his photo, but only for personal use. He told the Chronicle that, as a business consultant, he had ‘‘a lot at stake’’ and his identity being revealed could discredit him in his field.
‘‘This is just something I do for fun. I don’t mean any harm,’’ he said.
The original photo of Howard stoked controversy after US Airways had a passenger arrested after he allegedly refused to pull up his baggy trousers.
The man, DeShon Marman, was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, battery of a police officer and obstruction after refusing to leave the plane on the captain’s orders, according to police. Police have also said he injured an officer while being taken into custody.
US Airways said Marman was arrested not because of his clothing, but because he refused an employee’s request. Marman’s lawyer claims that his client, who is black, was a victim of racism.