March 28, 2017
United Leggingsgate-Here’s What REALLY Happened
United Airlines denied boarding to two teenage girls on their flight from Denver International to Minneapolis-St. Paul airport for wearing leggings earlier this week. The United gate attendant told them that the leggings they were wearing were inappropriate. Since Sunday, social media has been up and arms about the situation.
United has clarified that these weren’t regular paying passengers, they were flying with special United employee guest passes. United employees are able to travel for free on United and can extend this privilege to family and friends-that’s what happened here. United said the following: “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.”
Being a guest passenger under these passes subjects you to a stricter/more formal dress code. United has stood by their decision in a number of tweets. They have also reiterated that had the young girls been paying customers, they would not have been subject to the dress code and thus would have been allowed entry onto the flight. United spokesmen Jonathan Guerin said the dress code exists because pass traveling for employees and their dependents is a benefit offered by the company, so the passengers traveling are essentially the image of the company.
The passengers this morning were United pass riders who were not in compliance with our dress code policy for company benefit travel.
— United (@united) March 26, 2017
United has received a wave of criticism since the incident, particularly from women’s rights activists. One such activist, Shannon Watts, tweeted “She’s forcing them to change or put dresses on over leggings or they can’t board. Since when does @united police women’s clothing?” Even some celebrities have been getting in on the action. Actress Patricia Arquette tweeted. “Leggings are business for 10 year olds. Their business is being children.” Former Star Trek star William Shatner also tweeted, in protest to United’s decision, “I’m going to start wearing leggings! Is that against the rules?”
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 26, 2017
Yes, William, it is against the rules. It seems most of these people are disregarding the fact that there is a dress code for employees and their dependents who benefit from free travel with the company and are representatives of United. The public are free to wear leggings as often as they like when flying United. What do you think about this situation? Let us know down below in the comments section.