United Airlines triggers social media outrage after barring girls for wearing leggings

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But in a statement about the incident, United Airlines said: "When taking advantage of this benefit, all employees and pass riders are considered representatives of United". "To our regular customers, your leggings are welcome", the airline posted on its website. I no sooner would wear sweat trousers to a funeral than I would a suit to a summer barbecue.

Passengers flying with a company or guest pass, like the two aforementioned teenagers, may want to check the company policy first, he told USA Today.

Well, a United spokesman told the Washington Post that "this is left to the discretion of the agents".

Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette tweeted: "Leggings are (the) business attire for 10 year olds". You even see them in ads for United Airlines. "I guess @united not letting women wear athletic wear?"

While the optics on United's decision are unfortunate - not to mention antiquated - the fact is that the girls weren't barred for wearing leggings but because they were wearing leggings as non-revenue "pass riders", meaning they were likely friends or family of a United employee. "Since when does @United police women's clothing?" asked Shannon Watts.

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- Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 26, 20173) As the mother of 4 daughters who live and travel in yoga trousers, I'd like to know how many boys @United has penalized for the same reason.

United put out a statement Monday to clarify these differences, stating: "To our customers...your leggings are welcome".

United later said that the passengers were using passes through the company's travel perk program. A dress code without, evidently, much relationship to what girls in 2017 wear while traveling, or even necessarily have in their wardrobes. Despite a backlash, the dress code is still in place. Comedian Sarah Silverman said the rules were still sexist, to whomever they applied. "What gives the right for this airline to set cultural appropriateness?" That dress code says spandex trousers are "unacceptable" as are mini skirts and shorts that are shorter than 3 inches above the knee. In recent years, a number of USA schools have enacted dress codes considered by many to be "sexist"; the reasons cited by school administrators often include the suggestion that leggings are "distracting" to boys.

The person involved was a friend of a United Airlines staff member, travelling on a discounted "Pass rider ticket".

While American Airlines said it does have an internal dress code policy for guest travelers, the airline refused to comment on the specifics, though their website does state that revenue customers can not wear any clothing that would cause discomfort to other passengers or be barefoot. "It singles out women for their clothing and sexualizes little girls".