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Man asked to remove 'prepare to die' t-shirt

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A New Zealand man who was asked to remove his T-shirt that read "prepare to die" on a Qantas flight said passengers' reaction was "over the top".

Sydney resident Wynand Mullins was travelling to Auckland on Sunday evening when a steward asked him if he would take off his T-shirt that displayed the famous line from the 1980s adventure film The Princess Bride.

The T-shirt featured a print of an oversize name tag that read "HELLO my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.".

Mr Mullins was told that some passengers had complained that the T-shirt "intimidated" them.

"I thought it was all a bit silly," he said.

”The person next to me was laughing, because they knew the movie."

He told the flight attendant he did not have another shirt and was hopeful that he would be given a pilot shirt to wear.

He said the Qantas employee left to find him another shirt but never returned and didn't make eye contact with him for the rest of the flight.

"I wouldn't be surprised if they had someone watching me the whole time," Mr Mullins said.

The Princess Bride fan described the reaction to his T-shirt as "over the top" but said he also found it "comical".

A Qantas spokesperson said the airline had no knowledge of the incident.

Do you think the reaction to his t-shirt was over the top or was the steward right to ask him to remove it? Have your say below.

User comments
These days people try to fine small things to turn into big things an if that flight attendant used her head she should of asked to have a good look at it then went and explained to everyone not to be alarm its a joke
A "prepare to die" T=shirt on Qantas does hold some meaning however. That airline has had so many close calls...and they seem to be on-going. Maybe it was just too close to reality for some.
Yet another example of over the top PC Bull.... can't anyone take a joke anymore? this is just like the Aussie Santa's band from saying "Ho Ho Ho"...OMG what's the World coming to?
yes I do think this was way over the top as it had the entire line, not just prepare to die (that i could understand) my partner has this on a belt buckle and having seen the movie i also find this funny. I do understand that people are afraid and can get uncomfortable but if it is an obvious joke well we really do need to get our sense of humour back, according to this someone else on the plane laughed as they had gotten the reference to the movie, usually the people who wear those kinds of funny shirts are more than happy to tell you either where they got them or what they mean (if you are unsure) or most of the ones i have met usually after i have finished laughing from reading their shirt. occasionally i have stopped someone in the street as i just wanted to know what it said, and they have been quite happy to oblige then we have a chat and carry on. I realise not everyone finds the same thing funny but thats not the same as it being a threat is it.
he was a silly **** !!!..what did he expect would happen on a public flight wearing that!!!..Good call that Qantas flight attendant!.
It had the reference, it was a line from the Princess Bride, so people should have taken it for what it was. The steward should have just explained the joke, to the people.
Yup, had the attendant seen the entire shirt and the passengers they would have realised the slogan. OVERKILL OVER REACTION.
so much for democratic way of life, when you get asked to take of your shirt!its a movie of a love story for crying out loud!i guess george bush really scared the crap out of the terrorist theory,who is terrorist in the end?scare tack ticks has worked!thank you *** cheny and george bush and rumfsfeld for that
I have that T-shirt and recently wore it in Disneyland. The shirt is obviously a joke and a reference. Many people in Disney did not get the reference. Many did and quite a few people ran up to me, including two Disney employees, told me it was a great shirt, their 'favorite' movie and 'where did I get the shirt?'. I suppose I can understand that it may not be prudent to wear that particular shirt through airline security and thanks for the heads up, but I think the whole world needs to lighten up!
that line is classic... some people just need to get a life and watch a few movies... this one especially - tongue in cheek comedic love story - lots of fun!

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