United Airlines Stand By Decision To Ban Girls From Wearing Leggings On Flight
How about no.
When you're squished into a plane seat set to fly miles and miles above the earth in what basically equates to a tin can with a pair of suped up engines stuck to the sides of it, it makes sense that you'd want to be comfortable, right? Apparently not if you're flying on United Airlines, who this weekend apparently barred two girls wearing leggings - one of who is said to only hae been about 10-years-old - from boarding their flight after deciding their outfits were 'inappropriate'.
And while United are standing by the decision, it's been met with a whole lot of criticism from high-profile figures online with many questioning the airline's right to enforce dress code regulations in this way.
The incident kicked off at Denver International Airport and gained interest online when activist Sharon Watts witnessed what was happening at the gate and tweeted about it.
“She’s forcing them to change or put dresses on over leggings or they can’t board,” Watts wrote on Twitter. “Since when does United police women’s clothing?”
"Said she doesn't make the rules, just follows them. I guess @united not letting women wear athletic wear?"
Unsurprisingly, many seemed confused by this turn of events. Since when have leggings been deemed inappropriate for anything, least of all flying?
United did respond and while they defended their right to deny passengers the right to board due to dress, they added that as "United pass travelers" (aka people who have bought their tickets at a discounted rate due to links with the airline) they apparently must adhere to a stricter dress code.
“Our regular passengers are not going to be denied boarding because they are wearing leggings or yoga pants,” United spokeman Jonathan Guerin said. “But when flying as a pass traveler, we require this pass travelers to follow rules, and that is one of those rules.
“They were not compliant with the dress policy with the benefit,” Guerin added, noting that the girls were aware of the internal rule. “This morning, the attire of the pass travelers on this flight didn’t meet the dress code policy.”
For many, this unfortunately still doesn't cut it - especially as the father flying with the kids was wearing shorts yet allowed to board without changing.
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