Hollywood celebs react to United Airlines controversy

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 11, 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.

United Airlines also said it reserved the right to refuse service to anyone that its employees deemed were inappropriately dressed.

Actress and activist Patricia Arquette said that the policy was sexist and questioned whether United had any similar regulations towards male travellers. The passengers ... were United pass riders and not in compliance with our dress code for company benefit travel.

United said the teens waited for the next flight and eventually got to travel under the benefit program. Comedian Sarah Silverman tweeted that she would change her United flight bookings to other airlines for a tour next month because of the leggings issue.

United has since said the girls were "United pass travellers", a ticket for employees and their dependents who are eligible for discounted travel but have to abide by a dress code. If they are not properly clothed or in barefoot, they could be barred. Shannon remembers the gate agent saying, "I don't make the rules, I just enforce them", and the young girl was not allowed on the plane until she put a dress over her leggings.

The girls, whose ages were not specified, were not allowed onto the morning flight on Sunday from denver to Minneapolis as they were travelling under an employee travel pass that includes a specific dress code, airline spokesman Jonathan Guerin said.

However, United Airlines maintained its support for the gate agent's decision in its own series of tweets.

The ticket band comes with a dress code, which stipulates that passholders must not wear "form-fitting lycra/spandex tops, trousers and dresses" as well as miniskirts and flip-flops.

3 girls inspected for wearing perfectly acceptable leggings.

Several famous faces are speaking out amid news that United Airlines banned girls from flying because they were wearing leggings. They continued with a post stating, "We remind all of our employees to review pass travel attire requirements before using their travel privileges".

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