United Air Blocks Young Girls Wearing Leggings From Boarding Plane In Totally Sexist Move
United Airlines is under hotwater after blocking three young passengers as young as 10 years from boarding their plane. The reason? The girls were wearing leggings.
According to United, the girls were “pass riders”, meaning they got free or reduced-price tickets from a relative who works for the airline. As such, the airline claims they were subjected to a stricter dress code. But what that dress code exactly entails is something no one has been able to find out thus far.
One passenger who was present for the incident, Shannon Watts (founder of Moms Demand Action), took to Twitter to give folks more details on the incident.
Watts went on to add that the father of one of the girls was wearing shorts and not harassed for his choice of clothing. Clearly, the dress code is not “business” or “formal” attire, then, as shorts are most certainly considered casual. So why does United take a stance against underage girls wearing leggings?
United has yet to issue an apology of any kind, and has only issued the following statement:
“We care about the way we present ourselves to you, our customers, as we believe that is part of the experience on board our flights. One of the benefits of working for an airline is that our employees are able to travel the world. Even better, they can extend this privilege to a select number of what we call “pass riders.” These are relatives or friends who also receive the benefit of free or heavily discounted air travel – on our airline as well as on airlines around the world where we have mutual agreements in place for employees and pass riders.
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. The passengers this morning were United pass riders and not in compliance with our dress code for company benefit travel. We regularly remind our employees that when they place a family member or friend on a flight for free as a standby passenger, they need to follow our dress code.
To our regular customers, your leggings are welcome.”
Still, for many this is simply too little and too late. So much so that there is now a hashtag for the incident: #leggingsgate.
Even celebrities are joining in to call our United’s outdated, gender-specific, and generally sexist policy:
There you have it. If you want to wear leggings, you could fly United (and potentially miss your flight if you’re told you’re wearing inappropriate clothing). Or, you know, you could fly with someone else: