United Airlines refuses young girl for her attire


On Sunday, United Airlines refused to allow a 10-year-old girl to board a flight because she was wearing leggings. The child and two others were not allowed to board their flight from Denver to Minneapolis unless they changed their clothing. The airline has defended its decision stating its own rules allow them to reject passengers for inappropriate attire, especially when holding a buddy-pass issued by the airline or one of it’s employees.  (watch video below).

After a fellow passenger took to Twitter to blast the airline for their outrageous decision, United Airlines told users that they refuse the right to refuse any passengers who do not meet their dress code.

Twitter user, Shannon Watts, said, “A United gate agent isn’t letting girls in leggings get on flight from Denver to Minneapolis because spandex is not allowed?”

“She’s forcing them to change or put dresses on over leggings or they can’t board.”

“Since when does police women’s clothing?”

The gate agent told the girls she “doesn’t make the rules, just follows them,” Watts added.


While the agent claimed that she was only following policy, the airline responded to Watts tweet stating that it was up to them to determine if someone was dressed appropriately based on their “Contract of Carriage.”

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As stated by the Daily Mail, the contract only mentions the right to refuse anyone who is “barefoot or not properly clothed.”

Stunned critics joined Watts on Twitter for the airlines shocking policy.

“If leggings aren’t allowed then what about shorts and dresses. Sounds like united Airlines is bodyshaming,” said one.

Another user wrote, “United Airlines is defending their decision to prevent pre-teen girls wearing leggings from boarding a flight due to their attire,” alongside with a string of thumbs-down emojis.


While the girl was eventually allowed on the flight after she changed into clothing she had readily available in her bag, the two others were not allowed on as they did not have a change of clothes with them.

H/T: Daily Mail

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