United Airlines Ignites Twitter Firestorm by Banning Two Girls in Leggings

posted: 03/28/17
by: MIkayla Baiocchi
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One move made by a United Airlines gate attendant ignited a firestorm on social media with many expressing their disappointment in the company, but new information about the controversial action has come to light.

On Sunday, two teenage girls were flying standby on a flight from Denver to Minneapolis, but were told by the gate attendant they could not board the plane while wearing leggings.

The girls were reportedly fine with the policy, but bystander Shannon Watts was not.

She quickly took to Twitter to denounce United's dress code as "sexist" and said it "sexualizes young girls."

She then questioned whether or not boys have been penalized for the same reason.

Celebrities like Chrissy Teigen and Seth Rogen also chimed in on the matter.

But come to find out, the girls were being held to a different policy because they were "pass riders," meaning they were related to a United employee.

According to a statement the company released, pass riders must adhere to a different dress code because they are considered "representatives of United." This means no Lycra or spandex leggings, tattered or ripped jeans, midriff shirts and flip-flops among other things, according to Jonathan Guerin, a spokesman for the airline.

While people are still up in arms about this "pass riders" dress code, United reassured its "regular customers" in its public statement that "leggings are welcome."