UNITED Airlines has sparked a “sexism” storm after refusing to let a ten-year-old girl board a flight because she was wearing leggings.
The young girl was eventually allowed to board the plane but only after changing into a dress.
What is the United Airlines leggings storm?
She claimed the gate agent had told her spandex was “not allowed”, adding: “She’s forcing them to change or put dresses on over leggings or they can’t board.
“Since when does (it) police women’s clothing?”
American Airlines pointed Shannon in the direction of their policy, and defended their right to refuse a passenger entry based on apparel.
Three of the girls did end up boarding the plane after putting a dress on over the top of their clothing.
But Shannon claims two girls were prevented from boarding because of their attire.
Why are United Airlines getting in trouble on social media?
The internet row erupted shortly after Shannon had tweeted the airline.
Many criticised the United for its decision and then for later defending it.
One said: “If leggings aren’t allowed then what about shorts and dresses. Sounds like United Airlines is bodyshaming.”
Another wrote: “United Airlines is defending their decision to prevent pre-teen girls wearing leggings from boarding a flight due to their attire.”
United Airlines' Twitter operators continued to defend the decision throughout the morning despite growing criticism from the public.
They have since clarified the girls were travelling on a special pass for employees and their guests, which has a dress code.
What is the United Airlines pass dress code and what clothes are banned?
All regular paying customers are welcome to wear leggings, but in this case, the girls were “United pass travellers”.
The passes are tickets issued to company employees or eligible dependants, the company explained on Twitter.
“United pass travellers” are eligible for free or heavily discounted air travel.
The dress code for pass-holders states they should not wear “form-fitting lycra/spandex tops, pants and dresses”.
Other stipulations include no exposed midriffs, no mini skirts and no flip flops.
United later released a statement explaining the dress code requirement of its United pass travellers.
“When taking advantage of this benefit, all employees and pass riders are considered representatives of United. And like most companies, we have a dress code that we ask employees and pass riders to follow,” it said.
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