Flight denies boarding to female passengers wearing leggings, sparks debate on social media : FYI, News
Two teenage girls were banned from a United Airlines flight because they were wearing leggings. The airlines said the girls failed to abide the dress code for special pass travelers. United pass travelers are typically company employees or their friends or family members.
The airlines received a lot of backlash on social media since the incident. Responding to the criticism, airline officials said that they can “refuse passengers who are not properly clothed.”
A United spoksperson told Washington Post that the girls “were not in compliance with our dress code policy for company benefit travel”. Hence, they were barred from boarding the flight.
Many people on social media were enraged seeing the sexist approach of the airlines and expressed their anger regarding the unfair treatment.
According to a Reuters report , Jonathan Guerin, a United spokesman said, “The two girls, who were traveling with a companion, would not have been turned away for wearing leggings had they been paying customers.”
He also added, “They were instructed that they couldn't board until they corrected their outfit. They were fine with it and completely understood,” Guerin said.
Though the passengers did not complain about the treatment, another traveller, activist and Twitter user Shannon Watts overheard the discussion and touched off a firestorm on social media with a series of tweets.
1) A @united gate agent isn't letting girls in leggings get on flight from Denver to Minneapolis because spandex is not allowed?
– Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 26, 2017
“This behavior is sexist and sexualises young girls,” Watts said on Twitter. “Not to mention that the families were mortified and inconvenienced.”