United Blasted for Banning Leggings-Only Women From Flight
United Airlines is receiving much criticism after forcing girls to cover up while trying to board a flight wearing leggings (and no dress or skirt over them). Customers have taken to social media to call for a boycott, while celebrities have decried what is seen as a heavily gender-biased policy.
The occurrence was spotted by Shannon Watts, who happens to be the founder of Moms Demand Action, an anti-gun-violence organization. She said a gate agent stopped three 10-year-old girls from boarding a flight from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday, saying their attire did not meet the company dress code.
United responded to the incident, saying the girls had “pass fares,” suggesting they were flying for free, probably as the children of United employees. The airline claims that, as such, they represented the company, and are subject to a stricter dress code, as stated in the United Contract of Carriage.
It seems the children were not visibly identified as “United representatives” in any way. Furthermore, the airline dodged numerous complaints about how this dress code was biased, defining typical dress for girls as “unprofessional,” while accepting typical boys’ dress.
Watts claimed the girls’ father was let onto the same flight wearing shorts.
Social media exploded with criticism. Supermodel Chrissy Teigen said she has often flown United wearing just a top. One user found a United ad highlighting a woman in yoga pants in a United terminal. Others showed scantily clad women in United’s safety video.
[via USA Today]