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'Princess Bride' T-shirt nearly gets airplane passenger branded a terrorist



original.jpgEvery '80s film fan knows this zinger from 1987's The Princess Bride by heart: "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." But imagine you're disadvantaged and can't quote '80s movies at will. And you're traveling abroad when suddenly a burly co-passenger shows up wearing a shirt that displays Mandy Patinkin's famous quote.

You freak out a little, right?

That's exactly what happened recently to New Zealand-born Wynand Mullins, who showed up for a Qantas flight wearing that shirt (which you can buy in a number of forms at

"The flight attendant said to me: ‘Are you able to remove it because some of the passengers are quite intimidated by it,'" Mullins told "I thought it was all a bit silly. The person next to me was laughing, because they knew the movie." 

Turns out nobody could find Wynand a replacement shirt, so "Inigo" was allowed to continue to fly without further incident.

According to Gawker, Qantas later released a statement saying the airline "does have dress standards for passengers...particularly for slogans which other passengers may find offensive or threatening."

Princess Bride offensive? They keep using that word. I do not think it means what they think it means.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:19pm]


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