Girls In Leggings Told To Change Before Boarding United Flight

United Airlines also tweeted, "To our customers.your leggings are welcome!"

The incident came to light when another passenger at the airport, Shannon Watts, tweeted about what was happening.

United's Twitter account spent much of Sunday defending the gate agent's actions, following backlash over the incident on social media.

As Watts' following tweet explains, the agent told the girls they would have to change their clothes in order to fly. "Not to mention that the families were mortified and incovenienced".

He added: "Our regular passengers are not going to be denied boarding because they are wearing leggings or yoga trousers".

However, regular paying passengers are not subject to the same dress code and can wear yoga trousers or leggings.

"... Delta has a relaxed dress code for pass riders, but that doesn't mean a sloppy appearance is acceptable".

After coming under fire for its decision to bar two teenage girls from boarding a flight on Sunday morning, United Airlines has defended its action. Pass riders were obliged to follow a dress code as they represented the airline when they fly but they could wear casual attire as long as it looks neat.

"To our regular customers, your leggings are welcome", it said.

United Airlines has defended its right to stop passengers boarding flights due to their clothing after it was publicly shamed for prohibiting girls in leggings from boarding an aircraft.

The airline took a swipe at competitor United on Monday, March 27th, one day after an obscure dress code requirement at that airline caused a kerfuffle on Twitter.

"When taking advantage of this benefit, all employees and pass riders are considered representatives of United", it said. Their business is being children. "Next time I will wear only jeans and a scarf", model Chrissy Teigen tweeted.

What is the United Airlines leggings storm?

When reached by Fox News via email, United Airlines spokesman Jonathan Guerin would not clarify the exact details on its dress policy for those traveling as "United pass" passengers.

  • Zachary Reyes