Many people like to wear clothes for comfort when traveling on flights. No problem unless you plan on flying United according to some people. Women may want to leave the leggings in your luggage.
The airlines has confirmed that yes, they did turn away two young teen girls away for wearing leggings. Fellow passenger Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand, tweeted about the situation and it's since gone viral.
United responded by explaining the girls were “pass travelers," or relatives of United employees who fly for free, and were held to a different standard “as they are representing UA when they fly.”
United Airlines released a statement to their customers:
"To our customers…your leggings are welcome!
Let us take a moment to explain today's news:
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."
Regardless of their reason, Hollywood stars chimed in with their opinion (below).
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
@APerzanowski Hi Aaron, the traveler was a pass rider. As pass riders represent UA when they fly, they have a specific dress code. ^CB— United (@united) March 26, 2017
Turns out United bans leggings, torn jeans, and shorter shorts for free employee pass tickets. Still @united should update policy.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) March 26, 2017
To our customers…your leggings are welcome! Learn more about our company’s pass travel privilege: https://t.co/5e3euG1H9G.— United (@united) March 27, 2017