Airline slammed for 'barring girls wearing leggings'

Two girls were not allowed to board the flight because they did not have a change of clothes

Defending the decision on Twitter, United Airlines initially cited a rule in the company's Contract of Carriage which states the company can refuse transport to "passengers who are barefoot or not properly clothed" and that it is "left to the discretion of the agents".

The witness, prominent gun violence activist Shannon Watts, accused United Airlines of policing female bodies and sexualizing young girls, one of whom she described as a 10-year-old in gray leggings.

And United's response was cold and automated when Twitter users called out the airline.

Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) was also on the flight and tweeted the account. Guerin said their "attire did not meet our [more strict] pass travel requirements".

Hundreds of Twitter users fired off furious messages to the airline, accusing it of enforcing a sexless and pointless rule. She's forcing them to change or put dresses on over leggings or they can't board. The provision cited by the airline, which is part of the standard airline/passenger contract, does not define "properly clothed". For travelers who are not relatives of United employees, he said, "If you are a customer and want to wear your yoga trousers, welcome aboard".




Two of the girls were not allowed on board the flight.

After the Daily Dot's Gavia Baker Law tweeted at the airline, United said it was investigating.

Jonathan Guerin, a United Airlines spokesperson, later told 9News that yoga trousers or leggings are more than welcome for regular paying customers.

Several customers have already said they would not be flying with the airline.

The teens used a United employee pass for which United Airlines has a distinct, more conservative dress code than that of regular passengers, according to The Washington Post. They wear yoga trousers all of the time when flying. It's what I would wear. Even if the girls hadn't been traveling on employee passes, clearly the default stance of United was that the gate agent was in the right.

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