Internet Erupts After United Airlines Boots Girls for Wearing Leggings

A Twitter user pointed out that the airline allegedly "let a guy in shorts on" the flight.

"A @united gate agent isn't letting girls in leggings get on flight from Denver to Minneapolis because spandex is not allowed?" she wrote. One of the three was able to board because her mom gave her a dress, but the other two, believed to be young teenagers, had to change and catch the next flight.

Another passenger aboard the flight tweeted United about the incident.

- Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 26, 20172) This behavior is sexist and sexualizes young girls.

The airline said the group deemed inappropriately dressed were "pass travellers" - employees of the airline or their family members, who are allowed to travel for free when flights are not fully booked, but were subject to a strict dress code.

Follow the rules that you agree to abide by when you fly on an employee ticket- proper behavior and dress is a requirement.

She was far from the only star who told United it needs to cool its jets on its dress code.

The airline said the girls would not have been turned away for wearing leggings had they been paying customers.

We're still not entirely sure what it is about leggings that do not meet United Airlines' rules.

"Leggings are a common outfit for 10-year-old girls".

Celebrities also had their say on the matter, with model Christine Teigen tweeting: I have flown United before with literally no trousers on.

The incident was documented on social media by a fellow passenger, who was shocked by the proceedings. Instead, it justified the agent's decision by referring people to Rule 21 of its contract of carriage, which says employees can remove passengers "who are barefoot or not properly clothed". Teigen said that she just wore a top as a dress. 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.

However, Geurin did say that when riding as pass holders, "all employees and pass riders are considered representatives of United". Next time I'll put on a pair of jeans and a scarf.

  • Zachary Reyes