United Airlines Slammed For Denying Boarding To Passengers Wearing Leggings

United Airlines Slammed For Denying Boarding To Passengers Wearing Leggings

"Our regular passengers are not going to be denied boarding because they are wearing leggings or yoga trousers", Guerin said. "Casual attire is allowed as long as it looks neat and is in good taste for the local environment".

In taking the position that airline workers should always present themselves in the best possible light, even when they appear to be no more than fellow air travelers, United can have a say in what they wear if they are flying on airline-provided travel passes.

The airlines, however, does not define "properly clothed".

On Twitter, people with experience said that it's not just leggings - depending on the airline, all kinds of ordinary clothes can keep a buddy-pass user grounded. "They wear yoga trousers all of the time when flying", said Watts in an email from aboard her flight. "The company should have stated that it supports its employees for following procedure but it would be reexamining its policy".

United responded to the comments on Twitter, arguing that the right to refuse passengers is "left to the discretion of the gate agents". Whether it's an airline thing or a societal thing or a combination thereof, we are making it more hard for women to travel than it has to be.

After the debacle went viral Sunday, the airline sought to explain the confluence of events: the stricter dress codes for "pass" travelers, the appearance that two young girls were singled out and a passenger tweeting the events as they happened. "Apparently @united is policing the clothing of women and girls", activist Shannon Watts tweeted from the airport. And the model and actress Chrissy Teigen tweeted: "I have flown united before with literally no trousers on".

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By Monday afternoon, more than 24 hours after Watts' first tweet, United was still dealing with people on Twitter to clarify its dress code policy.

"We'll definitely take something away from today, but we'll continue to engage with our customers [on social media]", he said.

Then there was Devil's Lake High School in North Dakota, which used clips from Pretty Woman-a film about a loveable prostitute with a heart of gold-to enforce its dress code in 2014. This was about the airline's internal policy, which requires employees, and anyone using their free travel pass, to abide by a dress code. Despite a backlash, the dress code is still in place.

Perhaps United, and all airlines, should be less concerned about spandex and more concerned about the safety of the female flier. Miniskirts, flip-flops are exposed midriffs are also banned, according to BBC. And there's a second set of standards that applies to people who are traveling on airline passes.

A spokesperson for United, Jonathan Guerin, confirmed to the Washington Post that the two girls were denied boarding in leggings. They explained the rule and said they regularly remind employees of it. "A dress code still shouldn't be gendered and sexist. It singles out women for their clothing and sexualizes little girls". He didn't know whether or not they were successfully allowed to board that flight.