Airline BANNED Two Customers For The Most Ridiculous Reason
Two teenage girls have been barred from boarding a United Airlines flight from Denver to Minneapolis because they were wearing leggings.
The girls, whose ages were not specified, were not allowed on the Sunday morning flight by a gate agent because they were travelling under an employee travel pass that includes a dress code, United spokesman Jonathan Guerin said.
The dress code bars pass travellers from wearing spandex or Lycra pants such as leggings. The teenagers agreed to change their clothing and take a later flight, Guerin said, but the airline's actions sparked a quick backlash on Twitter.
Activist Shannon Watts of Denver tweeted that she witnessed Sunday's events and questioned United's decision to police women's clothing.
Watts said the girl's father was allowed to board while wearing shorts and called the airline's policy sexist.
Regularly ticketed passengers are not subject to the same dress code and can wear leggings, Guerin said. But the airline was standing by its policy for pass travellers because they are essentially representing the company, he said.
"We would ask the same of pass riders who were wearing flip-flops or who were wearing clothing that revealed their undergarments or torn, tattered jeans," Guerin said.