The two teens banned from a United Airlines flight for wearing leggings officially have Chrissy Teigen in their corner, so, that's a pretty solid silver lining. Even better, they can extend this privilege to a select number of what we call "pass riders".
The airline company explained that pass riders were United employees or eligible dependents who fly when possible as a company benefit. This is a vague "not properly clothed" reference in the contract of carriage that refers to all travelers and is about safety not decorum.
Chicago-based United sought to clarify its stance in a post on its website late Sunday titled, "To our customers. your leggings are welcome!"
The policy only applies to people flying on "company benefit travel".
"We heard the gate agent say, 'I don't make the rules, I just enforce them, '" Watts said in an email to Mic. For these reasons - and especially because children are involved - I'd urge United to give leggings-wearers a pass, even if they're kids traveling on a pass. But I suspect most people are too busy holding onto their seats, or monitoring the toilet's vacancy sign, to care. A spokesman for United Airlines contacted by The Washington Post told the paper that the girls in question were "not in compliance with our dress code policy for company benefit travel". It is unclear why United considers leggings to be inappropriate and whether other articles of clothing are barred under the policy. Model Chrissy Teigen said that she has flown with UA with literally no trousers on.
Delta Air Lines seized on one of its competitor's publicity nightmares Monday - encouraging customers to travel comfortably as United faced backlash for its so-called leggings ban. It's extremely rare for airlines to turn away paying customers over wardrobe issues, Sumers said.
United later said that the passengers were using passes through the company's travel perk program.
The politics of wearing leggings continues.
Dress codes are a lose-lose situation for everyone.
United should take another look at its dress code policy. The apparent father, who was wearing shorts, was also allowed to board, Watts says. For example, American allows you to change into sweats and pajamas on long haul flights, but requires that its employees and pass riders board the aircraft in business or business casual.
But glamorous? United Airlines should not kid itself that that's how people view flying any more. 2 not allowed to board. Not infrequently, the very same outfit gets to count as appropriate on one girl or woman, but not on another, simply because of a difference in build.
They insisted that they reserved the right to anyone who did not adhere to its dress code, which forbade leggings, torn jeans and short shorts.