United Airlines branded 'sexist' for barring girls in leggings
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 8:19
The airline's policy does not allow "pass" travelers - a title given to United employees or their dependents who can fly for free on standby - to wear "form-fitting" spandex trousers or shirts, among other articles of clothing including flip-flips and mini-skirts.
Yes, the airline did require the girls change if they wanted to take the flight, but these two weren't your standard paying passengers.
Activist Shannon Watts of Denver tweeted that she witnessed Sunday's events and questioned United's decision to police women's clothing.
Because they were "pass" travellers - issued to employees or eligible depends, they were subject to a stricter dress code. Employees must wear clean and neat clothing, but can wear jeans, sneakers, and shorts. "About to go on tour all April and changing all my @united flights to other airlines". It is unclear why United considers leggings to be inappropriate and whether other articles of clothing are barred under the policy.
Watts described one girl who was not permitted to board the flight as a 10-year-old wearing grey leggings. United pass travelers typically travel on discounts and comprise current and retired employees and their families.
"To our regular customers", the air carrier said in a Monday statement, "your leggings are welcome".
"I have flown united before with literally no trousers on", Chrissy Teigen also wrote.
According to several reports, the girls were at Denver International Airport about to get on a flight to Minneapolis when the gate agent turned them away. "Their business is being children", she tweeted.
In response, United tweeted: "In our Contract of Carriage, Rule 21, we do have the right to refuse transport for passengers who are "barefoot or not properly clothed", and noted that the girls were pass riders and not regular airline customers".