The Gate Agent of United Airlines barred two girls from boarding the flight on Sunday morning for a bizarre reason that was they were wearing leggings.
Another girl who was also wearing a legging had to change before she was allowed to board the flight from Denver to Minneapolis.
Shannon Watts, A witness who was at a gate at Denver international airport 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?”
United, responding to tweets about the incident tweeted that “United shall have the right to refuse passengers who are not properly clothed via our Contract of Carriage.” And added, “This is left to the discretion of the agents.”
According to Airline’s Passenger contract, for the safety of all passengers and crew members, the airline can refuse to let a passenger on board if the passenger is “barefoot or not properly clothed”.
United Airlines spokesman Jonathan Guerin confirmed the two teens were not allowed on the flight. But he said they girls were travelling using a United employee pass and “were not in compliance with our dress code policy for company benefit travel.”
“Our regular passengers are not going to be denied boarding because they are wearing leggings or yoga pants,” Guerin said. “But when flying as a pass traveler we require this pass travelers to follow rules and that is one of those rules.
He added, “They were not compliant with the dress policy with the benefit,” noting that the girls were aware of the internal rule. “This morning the attire of the pass travelers on this flight didn’t meet the dress code policy.”
Shannon Watts, the witness, wrote in an email from aboard her flight “I have five kids: four of them are women. They wear yoga pants all of the time when flying, I think this policy is arbitrary and sexist. It singles out women for their clothing and sexualizes little girls.”