United Airlines: Customers 'welcome' to wear leggings

Apr 12, 2017, 01:24
United Airlines: Customers 'welcome' to wear leggings

The girls, whose ages were not released, agreed to change into trousers and take another flight.

"To our regular customers, your leggings are welcome", it concluded.

"Our regular passengers are not going to be denied boarding because they are wearing leggings or yoga trousers", a spokesman told The Washington Post.

Shannon Watts says she watched three girls get singled out because they were wearing leggings on a united flight from Denver to Minneapolis.

The young girl, who was wearing gray leggings, not too tight, said Watts, pulled a dress from her backpack and put it over her leggings and was allowed to board, Watts said. "Apparently @united is policing the clothing of women and girls", she added in a later tweet.

The airlines received a lot of backlash on social media since the incident.

The airline's policy does not allow "pass" travelers - a title given to United employees or their dependents who can fly for free on standby - to wear "form-fitting" spandex trousers or shirts, among other articles of clothing including flip-flips and mini-skirts. Next time I'll put on a pair of jeans and a scarf.

United released a statement on Sunday, saying that pass travelers ― travelers who are dependents or relatives of a United employee ― must adhere to the dress code. Teigen posted, "I have flown united before with literally no trousers on".

On Sunday, at least two girls wearing leggings were barred from boarding a United Airlines flight because they were not in compliance with a dress code for certain passengers.

United Airlines defended the gate agent's decision in a series of tweets.

"... Delta has a relaxed dress code for pass riders, but that doesn't mean a sloppy appearance is acceptable".

On Twitter, the airline said it encourages "no swimwear, sleepwear or underwear as your outerwear".

The document doesn't define "properly clothed", which drew further ire from Twitter users - including model Chrissy Teigen and actress Patricia Arquette.

Some men mocked United by threatening to wear leggings the next time they fly. Some wondered what business United had in deciding for others what was appropriate casual wear. United responded to her messages, explaining that they do have a "dress code", as passengers are "representing [United Airlines] when they fly".