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United Airlines in sexism row after girls in leggings barred from flight

11 April 2017

United Airlines is under fire for barring two teenage girls from their flight because they were wearing leggings - but the policy United is citing is not uncommon among airlines.

One of the three put a dress on over her leggings and boarded the initial flight.

Ticketed passengers are not subject to the same dress code and can wear leggings, Guerin told AP.

The American airline United Airlines has come under fire after barring two girls from boarding a flight on Sunday morning because they were wearing leggings. "Since when does United police women's clothing?"

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The incident prompted a wave of criticism on social media.

Under the dress code "pass riders" are not allowed to wear clothing that doesn't look "neat and professional," reported CNN who said they received a copy of the policy from an airline employee". They need to look presentable since they're representing the airline and form-fitting spandex trousers aren't allowed, but jeans and shorts are okay.

United released a statement on Sunday, saying that pass travelers ― travelers who are dependents or relatives of a United employee ― must adhere to the dress code.

Model Chrissy Teigen weighed in: "I have flown united before with literally no trousers on. I don't care what kind of passengers they were".

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United's statement Monday morning, however, emphasized that the leggings were not allowed for "pass riders", who they say are considered representatives of United.

That includes form-fitting lycra or spandex tops, trousers and dresses, offensive or derogatory words or graphics on clothing, "excessively dirty" clothing that has holes or tears, or anything that is "inappropriately revealing". They continued with a post stating, "We remind all of our employees to review pass travel attire requirements before using their travel privileges".

Ms. Watts, a political activist, said a group of girls, including a 10-year-old, were targeted by airline staff and forced to wear dresses over the top of their leggings or change their clothes. "Was there something odd about all these girls leggings?"

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United Airlines in sexism row after girls in leggings barred from flight