DRESS CODE Teens wearing leggings barred from flight

Posted on 03/27/2017 | About Denver, Colorado

A 10-year-old girl was not allowed to board a United Airlines flight on Sunday because she was wearing spandex leggings. She was allowed to travel after she changed. Two teenage girls were not permitted to travel because they too were wearing leggings and had no change of clothes immediately available.

The airline defended its decision to not allow the two on their flight from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday, telling outraged Twitter users who complained about it that they reserved the right to refuse anyone who did not meet its dress code.

Whether or not a person is suitably dressed is at the discretion of gate agents, it explained.

The girls, whose ages were not specified, were not allowed onto the morning flight 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.