United Airlines policing dress on flights?

Jared Rhodes, Editor

On Sunday morning March 26, two teenage girls and a child were trying to board a flight but were stopped by  a gate agent, who told the child to change into a dress because she was wearing inappropriate leggings. This whole incident spread quickly over social media

According to NYtimes, the girls were boarding a flight from to Minneapolis, They were turned away at the gate at Denver International Airport for wearing leggings.

The controversy began with Shannon Watts, a passenger at the airport who was waiting to board a flight to Mexico.

After Watts landed in Mexico, she went on Twitter and tweeted to the United Airlines account about the incident and it was spreading over Twitter within minutes. “@Shannonrwatts – A @united gate agent isn’t letting girls in leggings get on flight from Denver to Minneapolis because spandex is not allowed?” Second tweet was “@Shannonrwatts – A 10-year-old girl in gray leggings. She looked normal and appropriate. Apparently @united is policing the clothing of women and girls.”

Naugatuck High School senior Ronahi Musa said, “ I think that was extreme, I feel like anyone can wear whatever they want as long as they aren’t being provocative.”

But here is where the story gets complicated. Jonathan Guerin, a spokesman for United, confirmed that two teenage girls were told they could not board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis because their leggings violated the company’s dress code policy for “pass travelers,” a company benefit that allows United employees and their dependents to travel for free on a standby basis.

After Ronahi heard the other side of the story she then replied by saying “If they informed them about the dress code policy they should have get along with it rather break the rules. Also, if they kicked them off politely telling them it was due to dress code violation then it would be fine but if they made a big scene and was dramatic then it would be too much.”

Guerin confirmed that two teenage girls were told they could not board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis because their leggings violated the company’s dress code policy for “pass travelers,” a company benefit that allows United employees and their dependents to travel for free on a standby basis.

Guerin said pass travelers are “representing” the company and as such are not allowed to wear Lycra and spandex leggings, tattered or ripped jeans, midriff shirts, flip-flops or any article of clothing that shows their undergarments.