Lonely Planet Writer

Panic over! Leggings are still welcome on board United's flights

 If you’re fretting or annoyed about United Airlines not allowing people to travel wearing leggings and fear the same might happen to you, you can relax and stand down. The airline has issued a statement telling saying that leggings, the comfiest of travel pants, are welcome on board as long as they’re worn by regular customers.

United has clarified that leggings are still welcome on board its flights. Image: Ascent/PKS Media Inc.
United has clarified that leggings are still welcome on board its flights. Image: Ascent/PKS Media Inc.

The airline found itself embroiled in drama and accusations of policing women’s dress over the weekend. This occurred after it stopped two teenage girls from boarding a flight from Denver to Minneapolis because they were wearing leggings.

The teenagers were notified by a female gate agent that their attire violated the travel pass dress code, and they left the gate area. This caused a social media storm with stars like Chrissy Teigen, Sarah Silverman, Seth Rogen and Patricia Arquette getting involved.

After the social media storm blew up, United issued a statement saying that the girls in question were “pass riders,” i.e., relatives or friends of employees who received the benefit of free or heavily discounted air travel. “When taking advantage of this benefit, all employees and pass riders are considered representatives of United,” it said. “And like most companies, we have a dress code that we ask employees and pass riders to follow.”

The airline stated that the teenage girls were not in compliance with its dress code for company benefit travel. “We regularly remind our employees that when they place a family member or friend on a flight for free as a standby passenger, they need to follow our dress code,” it said.

While the outcome was bad for the teenage girls who were unable to board their flight as a result of the policy, there was great news for the rest of us who favour leggings or lycra for travelling.

United has clarified that leggings are still welcome on board its flights. Image: Elke Selzle
United has clarified that leggings are still welcome on board its flights. Image: Elke Selzle

“To our regular customers, your leggings are welcome,” the statement concluded, as we all heaved a sigh of relief and put our pencil skirts back in the wardrobe again.

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