No leggings allowed: United Airlines bars two teens from flight

That's not how United sees it. Jonathan Guerin, a spokesman for United, says leggings violate the company policy on attire for "pass travelers", family and friends of employees who travel for free on a standby basis.

The company also responded on Twitter to more well-known critics, such as Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette, while continuing to explain to others that customers would not be banned from traveling in shorts, leggings or yoga trousers as they were not "pass travelers", but regular flyers on the airline.

The youngest girl put on a dress over the leggings and was allowed on the plane, while the two teenagers took a later flight after they obtained clothing deemed appropriate, reported.

Fellow passenger Shannon Watts of Denver claimed she'd witnessed Sunday's events and questioned the airline's decision to police women's clothing.

"Our regular passengers will not be denied boarding because they are wearing leggings or yoga trousers", a Washington Post spokeswoman said.

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"But when flying as a pass traveller, we require pass travellers to follow rules, and that is one of those rules". Only a long top serving as a dress.

"There is a dress code for pass travellers as they are representing UA when they fly", the airlines said.

A flurry of messages followed on social media about the incident. Pasadena High School in 2015 was considering adding leggings and yoga trousers to its list of banned wear, along with spaghetti straps and low-cut or tight tops.

United, however, responded to Watts, writing they "have the right to refuse transport for passengers who are barefoot or not properly clothed".

"@united Leggings are business attire for 10 year olds".

In an official response, United Airlines assured that the rule ONLY applies to those taking advantage of employee benefits (known as "pass riders").

The airlines later released a statement clarifying their position on the issue and said regular customers are still permitted to wear leggings on their flights. Many women wear leggings, yoga and athletic gear for comfort while travelling. Their business is being children.

  • Zachary Reyes