How two girls in leggings put airline dress codes in the spotlight

Delta wasted no time throwing some shade at competitor United Airlines, which is facing criticism after barring leggings-clad young girls from boarding a flight over the weekend. And like most companies, we have a dress code that we ask employees and pass riders to follow.

Tagging the airline, Shannon tweeted: "A United gate agent isn't letting girls in leggings get on flight from Denver to Minneapolis because spandex is not allowed?"

Chicago-based United regularly reminds employees about the dress rules and tells them to make sure that anyone flying with one of their passes knows the guidelines, he said. On some airlines stand-by passengers have the possibility of getting seated in first class, and they are expected to look presentable. "They were fine with it and completely understood", United Airlines Spokesman, Jonathan Guerin, said.

"Leggings are business attire for 10 year olds".

United may have limited any damage to its image if it reacted more quickly to the tweets and explained its policy on the free passes, Terry said.

"You can move, you have leg room, you can cross your legs, it's the most comfortable way to travel so why not, no shame", she said.

United initially stood by its decision due to the "Contract of Carriage", which gives agents the authority to refuse passengers who are "barefoot or not properly clothed".

United pass travelers also can't fly in flip flops, slippers and clothing with holes or tears. Regardless, she said, the policy is wrong-headed. A man dressed wrong for a particular setting - or whose clothing is more snug than ideal - isn't generally presumed to have seductive intent. The company spent the rest of the day handling the fashion fiasco on Twitter, telling paying customers they could wear leggings on flights, including a statement posted Monday.

Some are saying even that dress code goes too far.

He said United isn't contemplating any changes to the standards. Policies from several major USA carriers listed on the website FlyZed, which keeps track of airline employee policies, show that airlines generally require travel pass users from wearing clothing with holes or anything that has offensive or derogatory words or graphics.

Watts added that the father of the girl that was able to board, boarded the plane without any issues in his shorts. "I find it disturbing that they are implying there's something provocative or "sexy" about children", said a user in a tweet reposted by Arquette.

"I feel like the dress code is a little outdated", she said.

  • Salvatore Jensen