United defends decision to bar girls in leggings from flight

Airline says leggings violates company dress code policy for 'pass travelers'

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. - A United Airlines gate agent barred two girls from boarding a flight from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday because they were wearing leggings, setting off a social media firestorm.
The girls were turned away at the gate at Denver International Airport, catching the attention of another traveler.
Watts, who is the founder of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America, updated her Twitter followers throughout the ordeal with a series of follow-up tweets.
Watts said the gate agent said "she doesn't make the rules, just follows them." Watts said the girls were allowed to board "after being forced to change or put dresses on over the top of their clothing."

Watts then accused the airline of "policing the clothing of women and girls."

United Airlines replied to Watts on its Twitter account.

Jonathan Guerin, a spokesman for United, confirmed that the girls were told they could not board the flight because their leggings violated the company's dress code policy for "pass travelers," an airline benefit that allows United employees and their family to travel for free on a standby basis.
Guerin told the New York Times that the girls "made an adjustment" to their outfits and waited for the next flight to Minneapolis.
Celebrities had a field day with the controversy on Twitter.

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