News of United Airlines’ decision to bar two teen girls from their flight from Denver to Minneapolis because they were wearing leggings spread quickly on Sunday, sparking outrage on social media and a swift defense from the airline.
Here’s the deal: Under normal circumstances, leggings are permitted for passengers. But because the teens were traveling under an employee travel pass, meaning they were flying for free or sharply reduced rates because someone they know is an employee, the dress code was different for them. In addition to prohibiting form-fitting lycra/spandex tops, pants and dresses for pass travelers, sleepwear, flip-flops and miniskirts are also prohibited for anyone flying on a pass.
“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,” United spokesman Jonathan Guerin told the Associated Press.