Teens Wearing Leggings Barred From United Airlines Flight

 

DENVER (AP/KDKA) – Two teenage girls were barred by a gate agent from boarding a United Airlines flight from Denver to Minneapolis because they were wearing leggings.

United spokesman Jonathan Guerin said the girls were not allowed onto the Sunday morning flight because they were traveling under an employee travel pass that includes a dress code.

That dress code bars pass travelers from wearing spandex or lycra pants such as leggings. Guerin says the teenagers agreed to change their clothing and take a later flight.

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The airline’s actions sparked a 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.

United tweeted in response: “In our Contract of Carriage, Rule 21, we do have the right to refuse transport for passengers who are barefoot or not properly clothed.” The airline added a link for more details on its policies and indicated that it was up to the gate agent to determine if a passenger is “properly clothed.”

Several other people took to social media to weigh in on the rule.

Some celebrities even got involved.

Guerin says ticketed passengers are not subject to the same dress code and can wear leggings.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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